An estimated 5 million workers are required to wear respirators in 1.3 million workplaces throughout the United States. Respirators protect workers against insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays. These hazards may cause cancer, lung impairment, diseases, or death. Compliance with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard could avert hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses annually. This course introduces the student to OSHA requirements and effective respiratory program management.

Annual Retraining

OSHA requires annual retraining for the topics in this course. After you complete a final exam and purchase a certificate, it will be valid for 365 days from the exam date. You will be able to retake this course and purchase an updated certificate starting 30 days before the expiration date.

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Modules: 5
Hours: 4
Sectors: General Industry, Healthcare


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  • Key Topics

    • Respiratory Hazards
    • Identifying and Evaluating Respiratory Hazards
    • Exposure Monitoring and Sampling
    • The Hierarchy of Controls
    • Assigned Protection Factor and Maximum Use Concentration
    • Non-powered (APR) and Powered (PAPR) Air Purifying Respirators
    • Atmosphere Supplying Respirators
    • Self-contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
    • Dust Masks
    • Respirator Care
    • Maintenance, Storage, and Cleaning
    • Respiratory Protection Program
    • Respirator Use in IDLH Atmospheres
    • Medical Evaluations
    • Fit Testing
    • Identification of Filters, Cartridges, and Canisters
    • Inspection
    • Training Requirements
  • Target Audience

    • Employee
    • Supervisor
    • Trainer
    • Manager