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Respiratory Protection

Environmental Health and Safety administers the respiratory program covering all employees who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous gases or vapors, dust, fumes, mists, other airborne particles and infectious agents, or insufficient levels of oxygen.

Respiratory protection is required when control of the hazard is not feasible through engineering controls or while controls are being instituted. An effective respiratory protection program consists of worksite-specific procedures and policies that address all respiratory-protection elements as required by Oregon OSHA, OAR 437-002-1910.134, Respiratory Protection.

Portland State University provides respirators, training, and medical evaluations at no cost to employees required to wear respirator as part of their work duties.