Safety

Q&A: Respiratory protection plan

OSHA Healthcare Connection, August 18, 2009

Q: If we must initiate a respiratory protection plan for workers wearing respirators, what must it include?

A: According to OSHA’s respiratory protection standard 1910.134, the plan must include the following elements:

  • Designation of a program administrator
  • Respirator selection
  • Medical evaluations
  • Fit testing
  • User seal checks
  • Maintenance and care of respirators
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Storage of respirators
  • Training and information

For details on how these requirements apply to healthcare settings see “Cramming for swine flu respiratory protection plan 101.”

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