The other morning, we caught glimpse of the OSHA respiratory safety training video and thought it would be a great base for this week’s Safe in the Moment post. The video is about a half hour long, and discusses proper respiratory use and procedures for employers and workers.
About 5 million workers in the United States are required to wear respirators on the job. Compliance with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard could prevent thousands of illnesses and hundreds of deaths each year.
Respirators cover at least the nose and mouth, and reduce the risk of inhaling hazardous airborne particles. There are different types and filter classes, so educate you and yours on the level of protection you are or can use.
Respirators protect against insufficient oxygen environments and harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors and sprays.
A few chemical hazards include:
Causes of inhaling in some of these chemicals can cause:
To view the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard powerpoint, here. OSHA says that employers can’t rely on the expected protection that respirators provide without properly training their workers on how to use them properly.
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