Respiratory Protection

EH&S is committed to ensuring Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) employees are provided with a safe and healthful working environment. This is accomplished by substituting toxic materials with less toxic ones, providing/ utilizing engineering control measures (for example, enclosure or confinement of the operation, general and local ventilation), or providing adjustments to work practices (e.g., establishing time limits in areas where airborne concentrations are higher than average).

When these controls are not feasible, or when employees express sensitivity to certain conditions, respiratory Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.134. Prerequisites for participation in the GUMC Respiratory Protection Program are obtaining EH&S’ approval, a medical clearance, fit-testing, and training.

Voluntary Use:

Voluntary use respirators will not be worn by employees in workplaces except for filtering facepieces when authorized by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Voluntary respirators will only be authorized after it is verified that their use does not create a hazard to the employee. Voluntary use respirators must be used in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.134 (Appendix D).