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RESPIRATORY PROTECTION OVERVIEW

HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A RESPIRATOR?

Most occupational exposures do not require respiratory protection. If you think that you need a respirator contact Environmental Health & Radiation Safety. An Industrial Hygienist from EHRS will conduct a health hazard assessment to determine your potential exposure. He/She will determine if engineering controls, a change in work practices or the substitution of less hazardous chemical can be used to reduce your exposure. If your exposure cannot be reduced, you will be provided a respirator.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED A RESPIRATOR?

If EHRS determines that your work requires the use of a respirator, we will specify the type and model respirator that your supervisor will purchase for you and provide you with special training to assure that you can safely wear a respirator. Do not purchase or use any respiratory protective equipment until you have received training from EHRS.

MAY I PROVIDE MY OWN RESPIRATOR?

You may not provide your own respirator (or any other personnel protective equipment) unless EHRS has completed a hazard assessment for your work.

If you would like more information about respirator protection, please contact Valerie Perez, Industrial Hygienist, by calling 215-898-4453 or by sending an e-mail to: Valerie Perez

 

Penn's Respiratory Protection Program

 

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