How Do You Develop An Effective Respiratory Protection Program?
How do you develop an effective respiratory protection program?
The primary objective of the respiratory protection
program is to prevent exposure to air contaminated with
harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, vapors, or
sprays, and thus to prevent occupational illness.
A program administrator must be responsible for the
program. This person must know enough about respirators
to supervise the program properly.
Larger plants or companies with industrial hygiene,
in-house medical department, safety engineering, or fire
prevention departments should administer the program in
liaison with the program administrator. In smaller plants
without specialists, an upper-level superintendent, foreman,
or qualified person must serve as program administrator.
Any respirator program should stress thorough training
of all respirator users. Employees must be aware that a
respirator does not eliminate the hazard. If the respirator
fails, the user will be overexposed to dangerous substances.
To reduce the possibility of failure, the respirator must fit
properly and be maintained in a clean and serviceable
Employers and employees must understand the
respirator’s purpose and limitations. Users must not alter
or remove the respirator even for a short time, even if it