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Information for Employees using
respirators when not required under the standard:
Respirators are an effective method
of protection against designated hazards when properly selected and worn.
Respirator use is encouraged, even when exposures are below the exposure
limit, to provide an additional level of comfort and protection for workers.
However, if a respirator is used improperly or not kept clean, the
respirator itself can become a hazard to the worker.
Sometimes, workers may wear respirators to avoid exposures to hazards,
even if the amount of hazardous substance does not exceed the limits set by OSHA
standards. If your employer
provides respirators for your voluntary use, or you provide your own respirator,
you need to take certain precautions to be sure that the respirator itself does
not present a hazard.
You should do the following:
Read and heed all instructions provided by the manufacturer on use,
maintenance, cleaning and care, and warnings regarding the respirators
Choose respirators certified for use to protect against the contaminant
of concern. NIOSH, the National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the U. S. Department of Health
and Human Services, certifies respirators.
A label or statement of certification should appear on the respirator or
respirator packaging. It will tell
you what the respirator is designed for and how much it will protect you.
Do not wear your respirator into atmospheres containing contaminants for
which your respirator is not designed to protect against. For example, a respirator designed to filter dust particles
will not protect you against gases, vapors, or very small solid particles of
fumes or smoke.
Keep track of your respirator so that you do not mistakenly use someone
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