Respiratory Protection

Respiratory Protection

January 27, 2014

Respirators provide protection against airborne hazards associated with chemical vapors, infectious agents, certain radionuclides, asbestos and toxic metals. 

Respirator Type

Common Uses

Example

Disposable or Filtering Facepiece Respirator (e.g., N95).

Includes all disposables with (N,R, or P) and (95, 99 or 100) combination ratings (e.g., R99).

  • Animal Care (DLAM)
  • Nursing / SON
  • EMTs
  • Most Infectious Agents
  • Nuisance Particulates
  • Non-Toxic Dusts / Powder
  • Wood & Metal Shops
  • Mold
  • Custodial Services

 

Half-Face Air Purifying Respirator.

Requires Chemical-Specific Cartridges and/or Filters.

  • Organic Vapors & Solvents
  • Toxic Dusts / Powders
  • Asbestos, Lead, Mold
  • Acid Gases
  • Formaldehyde
  • Radionuclides
  • Mercury
  • Most Infectious Agents
  • Nanoparticles
  • Welding Fumes

 

Full-Face Air Purifying Respirator.

Requires Chemical-Specific Cartridges and/or Filters.

  • Same uses as Half-Face with added eye protection and increased assigned protection factor.
  • NOTE: Requires additional assessment and approval prior to issuance.

 

Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) or Other Supplied Air Respirator

  • HazMat Team and other Special Users.
  • NOTE: Requires additional assessment and approval prior to issuance.

 

Every UCLA employee who wears a respirator at work must follow the process required by Cal/OSHA. This includes a hazard assessment, a medical evaluation, training on respirator use and limitations, and individual fit testing. To obtain a respirator at UCLA, follow the steps below.

What are the steps?

How do I complete the steps?

Step #1: Complete a Respiratory Hazard Assessment
Cal/OSHA requires respirator hazards to be assessed prior to the issuance of a face-fitting respirator.

Complete a Respiratory Hazard Assessment Form. Review it with your supervisor and email the form to indhyg@ehs.ucla.edu or submit electronically using the link provided on the form. Alternatively, the form can be faxed to (310) 825-7076.

Note: You must have the most recent version of Adobe® Reader to complete the form.  A link to download the most current version of Adobe® Reader is here:
http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Step #2: Medical Questionnaire
Cal/OSHA requires that you complete a medical questionnaire and receive a medical evaluation prior to respirator use to ensure that you are medically qualified. Some people are not able to use respirators (e.g., those with severe asthma, a heart condition or claustrophobia).

Complete a completed Medical Questionnaire. Note there are two different questionnaires. Please select the appropriate questionnaire for your respirator:

*Use Internet Explorer or ensure your browser has the proper Adobe Reader plug-in to open PDF forms. Or, right-click to save the document to your computer directly.

You will receive your medical evaluation during your training. Be sure to complete your medical questionnaire before you register for training.

Step #3: Register for N95 and/or Half-Face Respirator Training & Fit Testing
Required for anyone requiring the use of a respirator in the scope of their work, including work with: chemical hazards, infectious agents known to be an inhalation hazard, aerosol-generating procedures involving infectious agents, BSL-3 containment practices, or radiation hazards.

N95 training for any type of disposable filtering facepiece respirator.half-face training for all other respirator types.

  1. Use your UCLA Logon to Access our new training website (www.worksafe.ucla.edu*Please disable/manage pop-up blockers before initiating the training. Recommended browsers include Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox.
  2. Navigate to "Schedule" under "My Menu"
  3. Use the pull down filter menu to select "Environmental Programs" and click on the "Go" button
  4. Select title of the course for the desired date/time (this should initiate a pop-up window). Select N95 training for any type of disposable filtering facepiece respirator and Half-Face training for all other respirator types.
  5. Click on the "Register" button (an email confirmation will be sent to you).

Step #4: Attend Training & Fit Testing
At a minimum, training is required annually and as needed. The training is offered monthly and covers proper respirator and cartridge selection, and how to safely use, store and maintain your respirator.

Please arrive on time and bring the following completed forms to your training sessions:

  • Medical Questionnaire (fit testing cannot take place without a completed Medical Questionnaire)
  • Departmental Recharge Order Request (required for issuance of half-face respirators and cartridges)

Do I need to bring a respirator?

  • If a respirator is provided by the department, please bring the respirator that you will be using. If not and this is your initial training, bring the Departmental Recharge Order Request for equipment cost. 
  • If this is a refresher training for you, bring the respirator you received during the initial training. If a new respirator is issued, the department will be recharged at a later date.

Fit testing will take place at the end of the training session. Men must be clean-shaven to undergo fit-testing (no beards, trimmed mustache OK). Do not eat or chew gum 30 minutes prior to the session.

To register for, cancel or reschedule training, email training@ehs.ucla.edu with the information listed in Step #3 above.

 

N-95 Respirator Training and Fit Testing

Register for Training

Please use Worksafe (www.worksafe.ucla.edu), our new online learning management system to view the current training schedule and to register for training. You will need a UCLA Logon to access this system for registration and training history reports.

 

Half-face Respirator Training and Fit Testing

Register for Training

Please use Worksafe (www.worksafe.ucla.edu), our new online learning management system to view the current training schedule and to register for training. You will need a UCLA Logon to access this system for registration and training history reports.

 

To register for, cancel or reschedule training, email training@ehs.ucla.edu with the information listed in Step #3 above.

For questions about respirator selection or the Respiratory Hazard Assessment Form, contact the Respiratory Protection Program

Respiratory Protection Program
Email: indhyg@ehs.ucla.edu | Phone: (310) 794-5080 | Fax: (310) 825-7076