Ten Tips for an Effective Respiratory Protection Program

  1. Name of a qualified program administrator.
  2. Describe the proper procedures for selecting, cleaning, storing, disinfecting, and fit-testing respirators.
  3. Perform an initial exposure assessment for each worksite.
  4. Obtain a proper medical evaluation for each employee prior to the use of a respirator.
  5. Require NIOSH-certified respirators.
  6. Fit-test each employee with the respirator to be used.
  7. Store respiratory protection in a clean, sanitary environment.
  8. Properly clean respiratory protection.
  9. Replace missing parts such as inhalation or exhalation valves.
  10. Require that employees shave before wearing respiratory protection.