You will also be informed of how proven technologies such as respiratory protection devices, safety management systems and gas detectors are being updated and improved to provide additional layers of safety. Before a staff member is authorized to use an N95 mask in accordance with the optional provisions, the Respiratory Program Administrator or any other designated party (local safety coordinator or site superintendent) must verify that there are no regulatory requirements for respiratory protection and that the use of the respiratory system by staff poses no health and safety risk. If voluntary use is considered safe and authorized, the name and use of the N95 mask by the employee is added to a list of employees who use respiratory protection for voluntary use. Voluntary response plans are subject to regular review of the accuracy and verification of training materials. If the use of respiratory protective doors is permitted and all of the above conditions are met, there is a situation of voluntary use. Paragraph (c) (2) of 1910.134 requires a limited respiratory protection program. The only elements of the program that are specified are those that OSHA thinks will prevent the use of a breathing apparatus from being a danger to the user. This is: if any of the above questions may receive a “yes” answer, the use is not considered voluntary. In other words, if the employer requires employees to wear breathing apparatus, even if there is no hazardous atmosphere, all the requirements applicable to the standard of respiratory protection (for example. B, stress test, medical evaluation and cleaning) — also apply to a dust mask. It is interesting to note that the voluntary use of filter face protection devices, which OSHA also refers to as dust masks, provides an exception to two of these requirements. Workers who voluntarily carry filtering parts must only receive the information in Schedule D. This exception is mysterious for the following reasons: Send a copy of the completed form to your supervisor for his documents (keep records as long as you use the respirator).

Voluntary users do not require continuing education/fitness tests. For more advice, contact us at (650) 723-0448. OSHA encourages employees to use NIOSH-approved breathing apparatus for voluntary use, but this is not expressly necessary. Why does an employee want to wear a respirator voluntarily? To feel more comfortable with the voluntary breathing apparatus, it helps to understand why employees want to wear an artificial respirator when the employer has proven that there is no danger. Before reviewing the requirements of the OshA program for the voluntary use of respiratory protection, it is important to clearly understand what voluntary use is and what is not. Voluntary use means that if one or more of these conditions are not met, the use of ventilation is not voluntary. A comprehensive respiratory protection program is therefore required. Given the belligerent nature of our society, many employers will conclude that it is wise to maximize the effectiveness of breathing apparatus when using them. If so, they will choose to implement comprehensive voluntary respiratory protection programs. In the absence of a regulatory requirement for the use of respiratory protection, UC NR employees may use N95 (N95) masks under voluntary use conditions. Only N95 filter masks are permitted for voluntary use and any voluntary use of breathing apparatus is subject to verification and approval by the Respiratory Protection Program Administrator.