Respirators – The VIP of PPE Part II
Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
In the “Health & Safety” column in the March 2016 issue of BodyShop Business, we talked about the king of personal protective equipment, the respirator. In a shop, workers are exposed to several different hazards that require the use of a respirator, but the choice of respirator determines the effectiveness of the protection. In this column, we’ll discuss the types of respirators most often used in body shops.
As part of OSHA’s Respiratory Protection standard, employers must develop a written respiratory protection program specific to the hazards of that workplace. They must select and provide respirators appropriate to the workplace and to the particular hazards to which employees will be exposed. Respiratory protection is necessary “in all situations where engineering and administrative controls are insufficient to reduce airborne hazards, in emergencies, in situations in which engineering and other controls are being installed or maintained, in oxygen-deficient atmospheres, or for internal structural firefighting.”
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