Respiratory Protection Best Practices
Respiratory protection is one of the most critical jobs supervised by safety and health professionals. In situations such as confined space work and exposures to extremely toxic substances, respiratory protection can mean the difference between life and death.
An estimated five million workers are required to wear respirators in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the United States, according to OSHA.
The threats are many. Respirators protect workers against insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays.
The stakes are high. These exposures 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, according to the agency.
Recently, OSHA published two final standards that extend the use of respiratory protection: confined spaces in construction and the respirable crystalline silica standard.
Articles in this eBook explain how respirators protect the user in two basic ways. The first is by removing contaminants from the air. These respirators include particulate respirators, which filter out airborne particles, and air-purifying respirators with cartridges/ canisters which filter out chemicals and gases. The second type of respirator supplies clean respirable air from another source. Respirators that fall into this category include airline respirators, which use compressed air from a remote source, and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), which include their own air supply.
Specifically, this eBook offers you articles on cartridge changeout, welding protection, dust exposure protection, how to avoid OSHA respiratory standard violations, FAQs about respiratory protection, the importance of comfort and fit to enable productive users, and the basics of SCBAs, as well as other articles and sponsored content information.
I’m sure you’ll find ISHN’s Respiratory Protection eBook to be an asset in addressing the array of high-stakes risks, ensuring regulatory compliance, and preventing serious incidents and fatalities.Downloadable PDF
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