Written Respiratory Protection Program

Start With A Plan

The primary objective of the respiratory protection program is to prevent exposure to air contaminated with harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, vapors, or sprays, and thus to prevent occupational illness.

Learning Objectives

  • Know what is required for an OSHA Written Respiratory Protection Program
  • Learn how to handle specific respiratory protection program communications
  • Learn how to maintain respiratory protection program records

Course Structure

  • Length: 30 - 60 minutes
  • Questions: 10 - 15 questions
  • Format: Online

Course Features

  • Lowest industry pricing
  • Customized to your organization
  • Customized OSHA certificate
  • Accessible for one year
  • Train from anywhere and on any device
  • Unlimited testing

Developing an Effective Respiratory Protection Program

A program administrator must be responsible for the program. This person must know enough about respirators to supervise the program properly.

Larger plants or companies with industrial hygiene, in-house medical department, safety engineering, or fire prevention departments should administer the program in liaison with the program administrator. In smaller plants without specialists, an upper-level superintendent, foreman, or qualified person must serve as program administrator.

Any respirator program should stress thorough training of all respirator users. Employees must be aware that a respirator does not eliminate the hazard. If the respirator fails, the user will be overexposed to dangerous substances. To reduce the possibility of failure, the respirator must fit properly and be maintained in a clean and serviceable condition.

Employers and employees must understand the respirator's purpose and limitations. Users must not alter or remove the respirator even for a short time, even if it is uncomfortable.

An effective respirator program must cover the following factors:

  • Written worksite specific procedures;
  • Program evaluation;
  • Selection of an appropriate respirator approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH);
  • Training;
  • Fit testing;
  • Inspection, cleaning, maintenance, and storage;
  • Medical evaluations;
  • Work area surveillance; and
  • Air quality standards.

Whenever OSHA standards or employers require respirator use, there must be a complete respiratory protection program. Employers must have written operating procedures to ensure that employees use the respirators safely and properly. Users must be familiar with these procedures and with the respirators available and their limitations.

In workplaces with no hazardous exposures, but where workers choose to use respirators voluntarily, certain written program elements may be necessary to prevent potential hazards associated with respirator use. Employers must evaluate whether respirator use itself may actually harm employees. If so, employers must medically evaluate employees and, if necessary, restrict respirator use, as well as comply with program elements. Employers must inform employees voluntarily using respirators of basic information in Appendix D of OSHA's respiratory protection standard.

Employers must evaluate the effectiveness of a company's respirator program regularly and modify the written operating procedure as necessary to reflect the evaluation results. A labor-management team may be effective in conducting these periodic evaluations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q - How long will this course take to complete?

Our courses are set up to take a specific amount of time. Some students may get through the training more quickly, while others may take longer to complete their training. This course will take around 30 - 60 minutes to complete.

Q - Can I take the course from more than one computer or mobile device?

Yes, you can take this course by signing in with your username and password from any location and computer with high-speed internet access.

Q - Will I receive a certificate for this course?

Yes, once you have completed the course you will be emailed a printable certificate. Certificates are created in a pdf format. Users must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader before attempting to download the completion certificate.