Programs and Services

Respiratory Protection

Respiratory Protection

USF's goal for managing airborne contaminants is by elimination of the source, substitution to a less hazardous chemical, or proper engineering controls. If these methods cannot be used, an appropriate respirator will be selected and fit tested by EH&S.

Respiratory Fit Testing

The USF EH&S department is responsible for performing fit testing on National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) certified protective facepieces, hoods, and helmets designed to protect the wearer from inhaling hazardous contaminants in the air. An exception to the use of a NIOSH certified and approved respirator may be granted due to limited availability of respirator supplies or when emergency use authorization has been granted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), NIOSH, or the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA). USF’s Respiratory Protection Program complies with OSHA's respiratory protection standard at 29 CFR 1910.134.


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Please note that a medical evaluation will be needed to clear an individual for respirator use. Please contact EH&S if you have any questions or need more information regarding the respiratory fit test program.