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UVM Written Respirator Program

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Respirator Program: how it works

1. Complete a Respirator Request Form

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.

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 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

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.  

Respirator Request Form

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.

Class Signup

Safety Class Signup

Step 1. Tell us who you are

If you are a UVM affiliate, enter your netID here. Please use jdoe, not john.doe:

If you are NOT a UVM affliate, enter your full name here:
and your email address here:

Select the sessions below you want to attend. You may sign up for as many as you like. For reference, you'll find course descriptions at the bottom of this page.

Step 2. Which class do you want to attend?

Biosafety for Work at BSL-2 Containment Level
(1.5 hours)

 Friday, May 13, 2016 at 09:30 AM
      Stafford 410)

 Friday, June 10, 2016 at 09:30 AM
      Stafford 410)

Emergency Response for Laboratory Workers
(1.5 hours)

 Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 01:00 PM
      Stafford building, room 410)

 Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 09:00 AM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

 Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 09:00 AM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

 Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 01:30 PM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

 Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 01:30 PM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

 Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 09:00 AM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

 Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

 Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 01:30 PM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

Hands-on Fire Extinguisher Training
(60 minutes)

 Tuesday, June 07, 2016 at 10:30 AM
      Stafford Loading dock (between Jeffords and Stafford Greenhouse)

Keeping Your Lab Safe
(1.5 hours)

Full Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 09:00 AM
      Stafford building, room 410)

 Tuesday, June 07, 2016 at 01:30 PM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

 Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

 Wednesday, August 03, 2016 at 01:30 PM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

 Wednesday, September 07, 2016 at 09:00 AM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

 Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 01:30 PM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

 Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 01:30 PM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

 Tuesday, December 06, 2016 at 10:00 AM
      Stafford Building, Room 410)

Step 3. Click here to sign-up

You will receive an e-mail confirming your registration.

Course Descriptions

Emergency Response for Laboratory Workers

This class is required for all UVM laboratory workers who work in UVM labs for 3 months or more. It describes how to identify, assess and respond to emergency situations in the laboratory.

Biosafety for Work at BSL-2 Containment course

This course is approximately 1.5 hrs long. The first half of the class consists of a review of the biosafety page of the 2010 monthly self-inspection cards and most prominent biosafety related issues found in BSL-2 containment laboratories on the UVM campus. The second half of the course is dedicated to a group biological risk assessment scenario.

Course Pre-requisites

Students are expected to have completed the following Environmental Safety on-line trainings:

1) Basic laboratory biosafety 2) Safe use of biosafety cabinets 3) Biowaste management procedures and 4) Safety around bloodborne pathogens.

Students will also be expected to have a familiarity with the UVM monthly laboratory self-inspection card set.

Keeping Your Lab Safe

This course reviews the best laboratory safety practices outlined in the UVM laboratory self inspection card and provides tips and tricks for making part of your everyday lab work.


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