Respiratory Protection Program

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In order to control the risk of inhaling air contaminated with hazardous dust, pesticides, vapors, smoke, gases, mists, or fumes, the primary objective should be to prevent atmospheric contamination.  This goal may be accomplished by providing protection through the use of property engineering controls such as exhaust systems or fume hoods.  Another step to ensure that the potential for hazardous atmospheres does not exist is by promoting administrative controls, this would include: substituting a harmful materials with a less toxic substance, and/or shift rotations to reduce employee's amount of exposure.  Finally, if the above techniques cannot be met, as in any emergency situation, the use of personal respiratory equipment is necessary.  

If you have any questions regarding the Respiratory Protection Program, please contact the Department of EH&S at ext. 5126.