Respiratory Protection Program

Respirators are worn to protect the user from airborne hazards such as particulates (dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, smoke, sprays) and gases/vapors, when other engineering controls, such as a chemical fume hood, are not available or adequate. The use of respirators is regulated by OSHA through the Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134) and the UVM Respiratory Protection Program.

If you believe you need to wear a respirator to conduct your work safely, please contact safety@uvm.edu so that a risk assessment can be conducted. This assessment helps to determine if a respirator is needed.

If it is determined that a respirator should be worn, or worn voluntarily, the respirator wearer must be medically cleared to wear a respirator. Medical clearance is required even if the respirator will be an N95 or P100 particulate respirator.

Once medically cleared, the wearer must complete respirator training. Lastly, the wearer must be fit tested in the specific respirator type and size. 

Supervisors and/or departments are then responsible for purchasing the recommended respirators and cartridges after a risk assessment is conducted. Medical clearance, respirator training and fit testing is an annual requirement.

How the Program Works: Requesting a Respirator, Medical Clearance, Fit Testing & Training

Care, Use & Maintenance for Different Types of Respirators

UVM Written Respiratory Protection Program