What Are The Respiratory Hazards In The Workplace

This 4 minute safety training video covers: What are the possible illnesses when exposed to airborne contaminants, what is the regulation that protect workers from respiratory hazards, what are the three major groupings of respiratory hazards, how gases and vapors are created, where does oxygen deficiency occurs mostly, how temperature extremes becomes very dangerous.

Video Transcript

About 3.3 million American workers wear respirators on the job to protect themselves from exposures to hazardous atmospheres that could lead to death or serious health effects including lung damage, and other long term effects such as cancer, heart disease, silicosis, asbestosis or other chronic illnesses. Since every cell in your body runs on oxygen your lungs keep you going, your lungs are incredibly durable yet vulnerable. The respiratory surface of your lungs opens from 300 sq. ft. at rest to 1000 sq. ft. when you inhale fully, air we breathe is 3 quarters nitrogen, traces of argon, foreign particles and 1/5 oxygen, your cells feed on oxygen but if you inhale contaminants you contaminates your respiratory surface, that’s why respiratory protection is so important.