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Respiratory Protection Policy

Anyone considering the need for respiratory protection should first consult with Environmental Health and Safety.

Prior to the assignment of respiratory protection for an individual, alternative solutions to the problem will be examined by the University Industrial Hygienist.

Measurement of actual exposure will be conducted by EHS subject to the constraints of available sampling and analytical methodologies.

In situations where there is no sampling data available or where there is insufficient or inconclusive evidence concerning the toxicity of the material in question, the judgment of the University Industrial Hygienist shall prevail subject to review by the Director of EHS.

When it is not possible to document exposure to a specific material, and the exposure is in excess of 0.5* times the Federal permissible exposure limit or other scientifically based judgment criteria, the use of respirators will be considered in the absence of acceptable alternatives.

If it is determined by the Industrial Hygienist that respiratory protection is needed, the individual will be fitted with the appropriate device and trained in its proper case, maintenance, inspection and use as required by regulation.

When the University Industrial Hygienist has determined that respiratory protection is not required or necessary, an individual may not wear respiratory protection unless and until the individual signs a release form.

Individuals possessing personally owned respiratory protection equipment may not loan that equipment to other persons and are advised to keep such equipment secured to prevent its use or misuse by other persons.

Adopted March 26, 1980 by the Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (now ESRM).

*This figure has been arrived at by NIOSH Statisticians to account for inter-day exposure variability - Occupational Exposure Sampling Strategy Manual, NIOSH Department of Health Education and Welfare, 1977.

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