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This course covers information relating to respiratory hazards, protection mechanisms, and safe work practices. It also includes information on how to use respiratory protection for protection from hazardous airborne contaminants in the work environment. This course does not include the types of respirators and other protective considerations required when working with ionizing radiation. Learner objectives are to recognize why respiratory protection is necessary; distinguish between employee and employer responsibilities for respiratory protection; identify the nature, extent, and effects of respiratory hazards to which you may be exposed; specify the operation, limitations, and capabilities of respirators; identify respirator selection procedures and practices; specify proper respirator use and inspection practices; recognize proper respirator maintenance, cleaning, and storage practices; and identify respirator malfunction and follow-up procedures. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology.

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize why respirator protection is necessary
  • Distinguish between employee and employer responsibilities
  • Identify examples of respiratory hazards
  • Identify characteristics of an atmosphere immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH)
  • Define the types of respirators
  • Identify the limitations of respirators
  • Identify factors to consider when selecting a respirator
  • Cite what must occur before using a respirator
  • Cite proper inspection practices
  • Select best practices when donning or doffing a respirator
  • Select actions to take during an emergency situation
  • Select proper respirator maintenance and storage practices
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