Employees have the right to protection from occupational diseases caused by breathing contaminated air.
These include harmful dusts, fumes, sprays, mists, fogs, smokes, vapors, gases, or radioactive material and is best achieved by prevention of atmospheric contamination through the use of engineered controls such as enclosure or confinement of the operation, general and local ventilation, and substitution with less toxic materials.
Respiratory protection may be necessary during the interim for installation of engineering controls, when engineering controls are not feasible, or during emergency situations. The reliability of any respiratory is dependent on proper selection, training, medical screening, and respirator maintenance.
Therefore, University employees must obtain all respiratory devices through EHS.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding respiratory protection, please refer to EHS Respiratory Protection Guideline or contact EHS at (313)593-0921.