Respiratory Protection

Respiratory Program

A respirator is a device that protects you from inhaling dangerous substances, such as chemicals and infectious particles, and may also protect workers from insufficient oxygen environments. According to OSHA, as estimated 5 million workers are required to wear respirators in 1.3 million workplaces across the U.S. Emory's Respiratory Protection Program was developed to protect Emory employees, students, and visitors from exposure to respiratory hazards. The program includes assessment of work areas, procedures for selecting respirators, medical evaluations, respirator fit testing, procedures for evaluation of the program and training on respiratory hazards, respirator use and care. If a respirator is voluntarily worn by an employee if not required by the employer, EHSO must be contacted prior to respirator use.