Respiratory Protection Program

Introduction

The purpose of this respiratory program is to provide and maintain a safe and healthful work place for all employees who work in environments with airborne contaminants. This section establishes procedures and provides instructions in the selection, use and care of respiratory protective equipment. Washington State Labor & Industries respiratory protection rules can be found here.

Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) recognizes that respirators, in addition to safe distancing and other prevention measures, can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (also called SARS-CoV-2) at work. This written program is necessary to guide PLU’s respirator selection, medical evaluation, fit testing, and use processes so that respirators provide reliable protection.

Our respirator program administrator is the PLU Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Manager

Our administrator’s duties are to:

  • oversee the development and implementation of this respiratory protection program
  • ensure respirator use is monitored
  • evaluate the program regularly to make sure procedures are appropriate and continue to provide adequate protection when job conditions change