Identify the hazardous material(s) that have the potential for exposure. Evaluate exposure through monitoring or professional judgement and compare to recognized exposure limits. Choose appropriate type of respirator for the hazard. Document this assessment; this can be done on the chemical use planning form.
Respirators are worn to protect the user from airborne hazards such as particulates (dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, smoke, sprays) and gases/vapors, when other controls 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. All respirator wearers must be medically cleared, fit tested, and trained before using a respirator. Supervisors and/or departments are responsible for purchasing respirators and cartridges.
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.
The content of the general safety page is intended to offer tools and guidance for implementation of safety program elements that may be needed in a wide variety of working and learning environments across campus.
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.