How to Properly Use Respirators

This 4 minute safety training video covers: What are the uses of respirators, how respirators works, what is Osha’s assigned protection factors (APFs), NIOSH respirator selection guide, how a strength of a filter is listed, what is a cartridge respirator, how to properly wear respirator, what is air purifying respirator. 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 Use 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

Prior to using respirators for the first time each worker must receive a medical evaluations from a physician or other license healthcare professional because using respirator places physical demands on the worker. People with illnesses such as asthma or heart disease may not be able to wear a respirator, once a worker passes these medical screening they are allowed to use respirators in the workplace. Before they do however, the type of respirator they’ll be using may require a fit test. Some atmosphere supplying respirators use hoods or helmets that are loose fitting that is be covered the head completely and do not need to be fit tested. Other respirators are tight fitting, they have a mask that covers the face only before these type of respirators can be use it must be fit tested.