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Respiratory Protection Program

The University of Arizona (UA) Respiratory Protection Program (RPP) is a joint effort by Research Laboratory & Safety Services (RLSS), Risk Management Services (RMS), and Occupational Health (OH).  RLSS provides hazard assessments and respirator fit testing to the University of Arizona research community.  All UA employees must be evaluated, cleared, trained, and fit tested to obtain respirators at the University of Arizona, as mandated by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

 

Occupational Health (OH), Research Laboratory and Safety Services (RLSS), Risk Management Services (RMS) and Facilities Management (FM) have partnered together to ensure a safe and compliant respiratory protection program at UA. 

  • Occupational Health (OH) provides OSHA mandated medical clearance and support to UA employees.  Campus Health provides medical clearance and support to UA students.
  • Research Laboratory and Safety Services (RLSS) performs hazard assessments, provides guidance on the appropriate respiratory protection equipment, and fit tests research employees for UA.
  • Risk Management Services (RMS) performs hazards assessments, provides guidance on the appropriate respiratory protection equipment, and fit tests non-research employees and students for UA.

 

Respiratory protection can only be supplied to users if all OSHA-mandated steps are followed:

  1. Hazard Assessments - To determine if and what type of respiratory protection is needed RLSS or RMS must provide a documented hazard assessment to UA OH or Campus Health.
    1. To begin the process, complete the online respiratory protection form.
      1. If your group has not been assessed for respiratory hazards, or a new respiratory hazard comes to exist – a respiratory hazard assessment must be created or updated.  Once you submit the online respiratory protection form, there is no need to resubmit a form unless there has been changes to the respiratory hazard conditions.
      2. If your group has been assessed for respiratory hazards, there is no need to submit the online respiratory form.
        1. RPP Hazard Assessments for animal exposures (i.e. IACUC research protocol, University Animal Care, etc.) are completed during Animal Hazard Program (AHP) enrollment/maintenance and do not require completing the online respiratory protection form.

**Notice** If you are requesting respiratory protection for an animal hazard (e.g., work with or around mice, rats, sheep, swine, cattle, etc.) for established animal work you do NOT need to submit a respiratory request form.  Please go to the User Dashboard for next steps.

    1. For questions or concerns, please email RLSS (rlss-ppe@email.arizona.edu) or RMS (RMS-risk@email.arizona.edu).
  1. Medical Evaluation and Clearance - The next OSHA requirement for use of respirators in the workplace is to have all workers evaluated and medically cleared to use respiratory protection.
    1. This is performed by UA OH or UA Campus Health.  Questions regarding medical clearance should be sent to occhealth-support@email.arizona.edu.
    2. Once your hazard assessment is complete and approved, complete and submit the OSHA Respirator form. 
      1. Supervisors/Protocols enrolled into the RLSS User Dashboard for Respiratory Protection must guide their staff to complete OSHA Respirator forms by logging into the User Dashboard with your Net ID.  If the form is not available on the User Dashboard, please contact RLSS at rlss-ppe@email.arizona.edu.
  2. Training and Fit Testing - Once medically cleared, OSHA mandates that all workers receive annual training and an annual fit test to ensure the respirator will protect the worker from workplace hazards.
    1. Registration into the Respiratory Protection Training on EDGE Learning will be completed once the medical clearance has been completed.  Individuals must be registered to find the course on EDGE Learning.  If you do not see the course under My Learning, please contact RLSS.
    2. At the end of the training are scheduling links to schedule a fit test with RLSS or RMS.
      1. Research employees cleared through Occupational Health will select the 1st link on the final slide, marked as for Researchers.
      2. Non-research employees and students cleared through Campus Health will select the 2nd link on the final slide, marked as for Non-Researchers
    3. Individuals who work at a UA site off main campus, such as College of Medicine – Phoenix, will need to contact RLSS at rlss-ppe@email.arizona.edu to schedule a fit test appointment time.
    4. If a worker is using an outside-UA entity, such as Banner Health, to schedule their fit test, once fit testing is complete, send a copy of the fit test results to rlss-ppe@email.arizona.edu so records may be updated.
    5. Once a worker has a successful fit test, they are authorized to wear that respirator model at work. 
      1. If the respirator model cannot be purchased, a new fit test for a different model of respirator can be made through the EDGE Respiratory Protection Training using the scheduling links.
  3. Annual Recertification - OSHA mandates that this entire process be completed at least on an annual basis to ensure the respiratory protection is still required and adequate for the intended uses and that the respirator still property fits the worker. 

 

University of Arizona Respiratory Protection Resources

 

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