A contact on Twitter posted a link to these new OSHA Respiratory Protection Videos in English and Spanish. Topics include respirator use, training, fit-testing, detecting counterfeit respirators, and OSHA’s Respiratory Standard – and all are also on the US Department of Labour’s YouTube channel.
WorkSafeBC recently published a new series of Respiratory Protection info sheets you can use for worker orientation, crew talks and for posting on bulletin boards at the job site. They cover how to select, use, and maintain respiratory protection.
Breathe Safer: How to use a respirator safely is a booklet – also from WorkSafeBC – available for download online. It covers British Columbia’s regulations on breathing hazards and control options.
“Air contaminants and oxygen deficiency can affect your health in many ways. Some breathing hazards are life-threatening. Other hazards cause minor health problems,” reads Breathe Safer. “A hazard may have health effects after a short period of exposure or a long period, or both. Workers may not be aware of any health effects while they are exposed to certain contaminants, but the contaminants can still have serious long-term effects.”
Another resource is OSH Answers – Respiratory Care from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Safety and Health.
Do you have any links to respirator training info online? Do share!