Respirator use and proper fit

resp_fitThere are many daily jobs that required the use of a respirator to protect your lungs from hazardous atmospheres. To receive their full benefit it is important to use respirators correctly. Follow these safe work practices.

  • Wear appropriate respirators to protect against adverse health effects cause by breathing air contaminated with harmful dust, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays, or vapors.
  • Wear respirators only is you have been trained in its safe use including prior to use fit testing and have been cleared by a licensed health care professional.
  • Select the right respirator for the job. The appropriate respirator will depend on the contaminant’s to which you are exposed and the protection factor (PF) required.
  • Make sure the respirator fits properly. Otherwise, the respirator will not be effective. Facial Hair will interfere with proper fit of a respirator and should be shaved where the face piece seals with your face.
  • Perform field fit test each time you use a respirator. Check for a tight seal between the face piece and your face.
  • If you have lung disease, heart trouble or breathing problems, consult a doctor before using a respirator.
  • Do not modify the filter or face piece in any way.