Safety Systems Hawaii, Inc. presents. “RESPIRATOR TRAINING: How to Conduct a Respirator Fit-test?”. By Rocky Alvin T. Guillermo Cell: (808) 330-2320 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Reasons WHY We Are Having this Training…. To know some significant OSHA standards.
Safety Systems Hawaii, Inc.
“RESPIRATOR TRAINING: How to Conduct a Respirator Fit-test?”
By Rocky Alvin T. Guillermo
Cell: (808) 330-2320
Some OSHA Standards…
1910.134 (a) (2)
“A respirator shall be provided to each employee when such equipment is necessary to protect the health of such employees. The employer shall provide the respirators which are applicable and suitable for the purpose intended.”
1910.134 (d) (1) (ii)
“The employer shall select a NIOSH-certified respirator. The respirator shall be used in compliance with the condition of its certification.”
1910.134 (d) (1) (iii)
“…Where the employer cannot identify or reasonably estimate the employee exposure, the employer shall consider the atmosphere to be IDLH.”
Today’s Major topics…
1. WHAT is a respirator?
2. WHAT are the kinds of respirator?
a. APR (Air Purifying Respirators)
- Disposable Respirators
- Reusable Half Masks/Halfpiece Respirators
- Reusable Full Mask/Fullface Respirators
b. SAR (Supplied Airline Respirators)
c. SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus)
1. WHERE NOT to use Air-Purifying Respirators?
DANGER: Do not use an APR in a confined space.
1. WHEN to change or toss a respirator?
* If a respirator is of disposable kind then it should be tossed away or condemned right after use.
1. WHY should you use a respirator?
“Respiratory protection is the number 1 most frequently cited OSHA standards in year 2008 here in Hawaii. Statistics shows that there were a total of 42 citations.”
1. WHO uses a respirator?
2. WHO can use a respirator?
3. WHO is responsible to provide a respirator?
4. WHO is responsible to take care of a respirator?
DON’Ts of Disposable Respirators
- Clean the respirator with alcohol/non-alcohol wipes/towelletes.
- Clean it with warm water and mild soap/detergents.
- Air dry or put it in the dryer machine.
- Soak respirator in water.
Always inspect your respirator every time you use it.
Before wearing a respirator…
Before undergoing a respirator fit-testing…
- A Licensed Health Care Professional (PLHCP) is an individual who has successfully completed a prescribed program of study in a variety of health fields and who has obtained a license of certificate indicating his or her competence to practice in that field.
- A Licensed Health Care Professional (PLHCP) is one who administers, prescribes, or dispenses medications or procedures to relieve another person’s pain or discomfort, even if the medication or procedure may hasten or increase the risk of death.
Means the use of protocol to qualitatively or quantitatively evaluate the fit of a respirator on an individual.
1. Qualitative Fit Test (QLFT)
Means a pass/fail fit test to assess the adequacy of respirator fit that relies on the individual’s response to the test agent.
1. Using a Bitrex (Denatonium Benzoate)/Saccharin – test of taste
2. Using an Irritant Smoke (Stannic Chloride) – test of smell
2. Quantitative Fit Test (QTFT)
Means an assessment of the adequacy of respirator fit by numerically measuring the amount of leakage into the respirator.
Ex. Through the use of computer/sensor