Choosing the Right Respirator

Yes, there are lots and lots of respirators out there.  But how do you know if you need to wear one, and if you do, how do you know which one to chose?

The first step is to know what your exposed to and how much exposure you have.  But where to start?

  • Some dangerous inhalants, such as lead or methylene chloride, have their own OSHA standard. If you or your employees are exposed to these, the OSHA standard will provide specific guidance.
  • When you or your workers notice odors, irritants or experience trouble breathing, you must figure out the source and find the best way to eliminate or reduce exposure.
  • If your workplace has fumes, dust, aerosols or other visible emissions, you must evaluate the need for protection.

Once you know what airborne contaminants exist in your workplace, assess your exposure compared to the permissible exposure limit for the contaminant.  Exposures above the limit require action.
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