This form should be completed by the employee and/or the employee's supervisor.
A hazard/risk assessment is required to be conducted by Risk Management & Safety (RM&S) and/or UVM Training & Compliance (TCO) staff. After a risk assessment has been completed, an Approval for Respirator Use form will be returned to the employee and supervisor.
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.
Completing the Respirator Request Form is the initial step in the process to obtain a respirator. All employees who are required, or elect, to wear respiratory protection as part of their work with the University of Vermont must complete the form. This includes individuals who voluntarily wear disposable respirators (dust masks).
It is the responsibility of Supervisors and Principal Investigators (P.I.'s) to ensure that all of their employees in the program have received a medical evaluation, and receive training and fit testing, at no cost to the employee.
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.