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UVM Written Respirator Program

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Care, Use, and Maintenance of Respirators


Before using any type of respirator, you must follow these steps.

Employees and students enrolled in the University's Respiratory Protection Program must be medically cleared, trained and fit tested before they use a respirator at the University of Vermont.


Respirator Program: how it works

1. Contact Risk Management & Safety to conduct a Risk Assessment

Contact Risk Management & Safety (RM&S) to request respirator use. We will contact you to set up a time to perform a risk assessment of your work.

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.

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the last line of defense against laboratory hazards. PPE should be considered only after Engineering and Administrative Controls have been examined.  In order for PPE to protect the user, it must be stored, maintained, and worn properly.  Since PPE can fail, those who wear it should be trained to understand its limitations.  

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The offices of the University's Environmental Health and Safety staff are located in two locations: at the Environmental Safety Facility (ESF) in the BioResearch Center complex off Spear St,and on main campus at 284 East Ave. The ESF has a "Part B" permit from the state which allows storage of hazardous waste there for up to a year. This allows the University to take advantage of more cost-effective methods of waste disposal and provide better chemical safety services to the employees.

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