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. 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: .

  • What Are The Respiratory Hazards In The Workplace
  • 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

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.