The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other federal agencies require employers to provide free respiratory protection training for any workers who must wear respirators while on the job. Though training may differ depending on the industry and the severity of the respiratory exposure, employers must cover a few key topics.
In the training sessions, companies should explain why their employees must use a respirator, along with what it can and cannot do to protect them. Furthermore, its essential for employees to learn how to accurately inspect, put on and take off their respirators.
Next, employers should make their employees aware of proper respirator maintenance and teach them to recognize any signs, symptoms or emergency situations that may prevent them from using the respirator. Overall, employees should leave their training knowing all the requirements and rights awarded them through OSHA's respiratory protection standards.
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