How to Properly Inspect Respirators

This 3 minute safety training video covers: How often respirators need to be checked, what is workplace respiratory plan, Osha respirator medical evaluation, how to select correct and comfortable respirator, how to correctly position and adjust the mask respirator, why it is important to test respirators before using. This clip was taken from a full-length training video. Click here to watch the 22 minute full length version.

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Each year, tens of thousands of U.S. workers are exposed to harmful airborne contaminants. These noxious gases, dusts, vapors and biological pathogens can cause lung damage, cancer and other serious illnesses. Some can quickly cause loss of consciousness and even death, often without warning.

To avoid these hazards, workers need to understand the risks associated with airborne contaminants as well as the government regulations and safe work practices that can protect them. They also need to be familiar with various types of respirators, understand how they work, and know how to use them.

Atlantic Training's "Respiratory Protection and Safety" training program can provide employees with this important information and help facilities in complying with requirements of the OSHA Respiratory Standard.

Topics covered include: .

  • How to Properly Inspect Respirators
  • The need for a Respiratory Protection Program.
  • Respiratory "basics" and disposable masks
  • Air-purifying respirators and filter types.
  • Atmosphere-supplying respirators including SARs and SCBAs.
  • Fit testing a respirator.
  • Wearing a respirator.
  • Maintaining a respirator.
  • and more.
  • Click here to watch a FREE full-length 22 minute preview.

Video Transcript

When inspecting your respirator check for holes in the filters, loss of elasticity or tears on the head strap and hoses, broken or loss connectors and fittings, missing parts, crack or scratch face pieces, detergent residue or dirt in the valves and general cleanliness. The responsibility for inspecting your respirator is yours, respirators routinely use for non-emergency purposes must be inspected before and after each use. Emergency respirators for escape, rescue and fire fighting are inspected after each use and at least once a month if not in use. Don’t accept less than perfect equipment and don’t try do it yourself repair jobs unless you are qualified and authorized by your employer to do so.