Nipissing University prefers that the elimination or reduction of respiratory hazards be done through substitution or the use of engineering controls. However, there may be instances where the use of appropriate respiratory protection is required for work which involves exposure to potentially hazardous environment, such as airborne contaminants (dust, fume, mists, gases, vapours, aerosols, airborne pathogens or oxygen-deficiency).
Nipissing University recognizes its responsibility to protect employees/ students/ volunteers and contractors from exposures to potentially hazardous environments by providing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), respirator fit testing and training on the use of respirators.
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Standard Z94.4-02 (Selection, Use and Care of Respirators) requires a written respiratory protection program to be in place where protection is used to protect workers from inhaling hazardous atmospheres.
For more information on Respirator Fit Testing refer to the Respirator Fit Testing FAQ page.
If you feel that you require respirator fit testing, please contact your supervisor and/or the Human Resources Generalist - Health, Safety & Wellness to discuss your needs. Once your needs have been evaluated and you have been approved for respirator fit testing you will need to make an appointment with the Laboratory Safety Coordinator (available at extension 4180).
Prior to your respirator fit test be sure to review the following documents:
You will also need to fill out one of the following forms and bring it with you to the respirator fit test:
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