Respiratory Protection

Respirators protect workers against insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays. Respirators protect the user in two basic ways. The first is by the removal of contaminants from the air. Respirators of this type include particulate respirators, which filter out airborne particles, and air-purifying respirators with cartridges/canisters which filter out chemicals and gases. Other respirators protect by supplying clean respirable air from another source. Respirators that fall into this category include airline respirators, which use compressed air from a remote source, and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), which include their own air supply.

The Department of Energy (DOE) Worker Safety and Health Policy coordinate the DOE field responses to national and regulatory issues in respiratory protection and protective clothing. Within DOE is the Respiratory Protection Program Administrators Group that is a volunteer organization co-sponsored by the DOE Office of Worker Safety and Health Policy and the Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG) to provide a forum for DOE and DOE contractor personnel to identify respiratory protection issues of concern to the DOE and pursue solutions to issues identified.

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General Information

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Guidelines, Procedures, and Best Practices

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Training Resources

Please visit the DOE TSL Index of the IHOS SIG Website for regular training related resources. Any training related videos can be found at the Video webpage of the IHOS SIG Website.

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Tools and Other Resources


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