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Personal Protective Equipment-Respiratory Protection

In the control of occupational illness or diseases caused by breathing air contaminated with harmful dusts, fumes, mists, gases, smoke, vapors or oxygen deficient atmospheres, the primary objective shall be to prevent contamination of the workplace.

The first line of defense is the use of engineering controls, such as ventilation and enclosed handling systems, and substitution with less toxic substances. When this cannot be feasibly accomplished, the last line of defense against inhalation of hazardous chemicals or oxygen deficient atmospheres is the use of respiratory protection.

The selection of equipment depending upon the type of operation and the nature and concentration of contaminants is very important. The respiratory protective equipment should conform to approved standards.

This Guideline is issued as per Local Order No. 61 of 1991. All Employers or owners of industrial premises are required to provide protective devices free of cost for the use their employees.. It is the responsibility of the employer and supervisor to provide and ensure proper selection, maintenance, training and use of respiratory protective equipment by their employees. It is also the responsibility of each employee to properly use the respirator provided by the employer.