Any employee that works in a hazardous or oxygen deficient workspace must follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration respiratory protection standards. While toxic fumes may range from low levels of smoke to highly deadly chemicals, employers must take respiratory protection seriously to prevent workplace injury or death.
In these situations, employers must provide respirators for their employees if they are working around any vapors, smokes, mists, dust or fumes that could be deadly or cause lung-related illnesses.
Meanwhile, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health must approve all of these respiratory protective devices to determine whether or not the device will adequately support the worker and keep them free from harm. These respirators may be loose or tight-fitting, and either provide air or purify contaminants from the air around the wearer. Additional safety training may also be required.
For more information about how you can train your workers to recognize and eliminate respiratory hazards, contact IndustrySafe today to learn about our online safety training courses and training tracking software.