OSHA Releases Information on Proper Workplace Respirator Use
Millions of people across the country wear a respirator daily as part of their personal protective equipment (PPE). The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has published a new video and poster for both employers and workers, showing them how to correctly wear and remove a respirator.
Both the video and poster break the process into seven steps.
- Wash hands with soap and water or sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol content.
- Inspect respirator for damage.
- Cover mouth and nose with the respirator and pull strap over the head so that it rests at the back of the head. A second strap should rest at the back of the neck. Use the nose clip to mold the respirator to the shape of the nose.
- Adjust the respirator by placing both hands over it, and then inhale and exhale. Readjust the straps if air leaks from the respirator’s edges.
- Avoid touching the respirator when wearing it.
- Remove the respirator by grabbing the strap(s) from behind. Don’t touch the front.
- If the respirator doesn’t need to be reused due to supply shortages, discard it in a closed bin receptacle.
The video and poster are available in English and Spanish versions.