Respirators can be an effective tool in protecting
employees from exposure to airborne physical, biological, or chemical agents, but should only be used when other controls are
infeasible. Administrative or engineering controls, such as substituting
work materials with a less toxic option or installing local exhaust ventilation
systems should be considered before assigning respiratory protection. If other
methods/controls cannot be implemented, then respiratory protection may be
If you are uncertain whether a respirator is
required, contact the NAU Industrial Hygienist to
request a workplace assessment. If the need for a respirator is identified,
employees must complete the following process with their supervisor PRIOR to
respirator use to ensure compliance with OSHA protocol and the components of
the NAU Respiratory Protection Program:
the Respiratory Protection Processing Form and
complete Part 1 of that form.
your Supervisor to complete Part 2 of the form, which will specify the
respiratory hazard, estimated concentration, work environment, and specific
type of respirator proposed to be worn during your work activities.
a medical evaluation with Campus Health Services. Print and complete the
appropriate sections of the MedicalQuestionnaire and take it with you
to your appointment.
EH&S for respirator fit testing and training.
your Supervisor complete Part 4 of the Processing form.