Environmental Health and Safety

Respiratory Protection

Employee protection from occupational diseases caused by breathing air contaminated with harmful dusts, fumes, sprays, mists, fogs, smokes, vapors, gases, or radioactive material is best achieved by prevention of atmospheric contamination through the use of engineer controls, e.g., enclosure or confinement of the operation, general and local ventilation, and substitution of less toxic materials. Respiratory protection may be necessary during the interim for installation of engineering controls, when engineering controls are not feasible, or during emergency situations. The reliability of any respiratory is dependent on proper selection, training, medical screening, and respirator maintenance. Therefore, University employees must obtain all respiratory devices through EHSEM.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding respiratory protection, please refer to EHSEM's Respiratory Protection Guideline or contact EHSEM at (313)593-4914.