This Respiratory Protection Awareness course provides information that enables employees to understand the hazards associated with dust, fumes, mists, and oxygen deficient and enriched atmospheres. Participants of this course will also learn about the elements necessary to create a required OSHA respiratory plan.
Specifically, this course covers the different types of respirators, as well as how to properly select, inspect, clean, and store them. This course also presents information about the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system so students can fully understand the importance of respiratory protection, as well as the use and limitations of respirators.
Workers who are exposed to dust and other contaminants are at risk of developing respiratory related diseases. Very fine dust particles from construction projects can get lodged into the lungs of workers and accumulate over time, leading to potentially fatal diseases such as pneumonia, silicosis, and more. Adequate respiratory protection awareness training is necessary to prevent these illnesses before they happen.
If this class is given in conjunction with Respirator Fit Testing (to be done annually), each participant must have an approved Medical Evaluation Questionnaire or other proof of medical clearance to wear a respirator before fit testing certification. More information about this can be provided by the instructor before the course.