Respiratory Protection and Safety
Respiratory Hazards are one of the more common workplace issues, because most of the time, they are invisible to the naked eye (i.e. fumes and gases). Even more visible hazards such as dusts, are often accepted as part of a normal work environment. As a result, many respiratory problems only become clearly evident well after the original exposure. Yet once they occur, most respiratory problems are chronic and long lasting. To further protect employees from these hazards, both OSHA and NIOSH have issued changes to their respiratory protection requirements. Our training products on Respiratory Protection and Safety have been specifically created to assist facilities in complying with OSHAs Respiratory Standard. Topics included for these materials are how the respiratory system works, common types and causes of respiratory hazards, potential effects of respiratory hazards, Good respiratory safety practices and much more!
RESPIRATORY PROTECTION INFO - An estimated five million workers are required to wear respirators in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the United States. Respirators protect workers against insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays. These hazards may cause cancer, lung impairment, diseases, or death. Compliance with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard could avert hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses annually. Respirators protect the user in two basic ways. The first is by the removal of contaminants from the air. Respirators of this type include particulate respirators, which filter out airborne particles, and air-purifying respirators with cartridges/canisters which filter out chemicals and gases. Other respirators protect by supplying clean respirable air from another source.