Respiratory Protection - Knowledge Center

Respiratory protection protects employees in work environments with insufficient oxygen or where harmful dust, fog, smoke, mist, fumes, gases or vapors may be present. The cost of not adequately protecting workers is high and includes health hazards like cancer, lung diseases and even death. An effective respiratory protection program should be designed to prevent exposure to harmful air and prevent occupational illness. In this section, we cover all aspects of respiratory protection, how to ensure workers are protected and how to gauge the effectiveness of a respiratory protection program.

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This webinar is designed to provide attendees with an understanding of the standards, requirements, and techniques for fit testing respirators. We will review the OSHA and CSA requirements for fit testing respirators as well as the various (more...)

Choosing protective garments for use in painting or coating activities can be a challenging task. Workers who apply paint need dependable protection against dust, sprays and liquid splashes and may need different protection depending on a (more...)

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This whitepaper covers the risks associated with welding and what can be done to protect workers from some of them.

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What are positive and negative pressure seal checks and how are they performed?

It’s important to understand that respirators aren’t a one-size-fits-all piece of PPE. If a respirator doesn’t fit correctly, it can’t do its job properly – leaving...

What sort of procedures and exercises can one expect to perform during the fit test?

Respirator fit tests are meant to assess the effectiveness of a mask in a variety of circumstances in order to ensure it will function properly for the employee. Of...

Regarding a fit test, what is the rainbow passage and why is it said?

When it comes to respirators, fit testing is critically important, and OSHA advocates for it on a regular basis. Though it can be laborious and time consuming, it helps...

Does fit testing require any training or certification?

Respirator fit testing is an important step to ensuring the safety of workers exposed to a number of chemical, biological, or particulate hazards. So, you might be...