|Chapter 6630 Respiratory Protection Program|
Jefferson Lab has established this comprehensive Respiratory Protection Program to ensure individuals, exposed to workplace air contaminants, are provided adequate respiratory protection. Using less harmful materials is the preferred methods for mitigating this type of hazard; however, when respirator protection is necessary the responsibilities and procedures included within this program are followed.Scope
Jefferson Lab's Industrial Hygiene Department is responsible for the necessary and effective management of the Respiratory Protection Program. Specific procedures, required to be performed by trained individuals, can be found within the ES&H Manual Industrial Hygiene Supplement - Section 400 IH Aspects of Respiratory Protection. The program, taken in its entirety, effectively reduces, or eliminates, exposure to respiratory hazards.
This program satisfies applicable federal, state, and local requirements as outlined in ES&H Manual Chapter 2410 Appendix T1 Hazard Issues List.
Jefferson Lab uses the following resources to determine acceptable exposure limit standards:
Only NIOSH approved respirators are issued for use at Jefferson Lab.
Table 1: Required Respiratory Protection Training by Job Classification
T1 Engineering Controls - Local and Portable Exhaust Systems
Whenever respiratory hazards cannot feasibly be mitigated by material substitution, engineering controls are the preferred method. ES&H Manual Chapter 6630 Appendix T1 Engineering Controls - Local and Portable Exhaust Systems provides how to determine if an engineering control is required; appropriate use parameters; and repair, maintenance, and inspection schedules.
T2 Respirator Use and Approval Requirements
Respirators are used at Jefferson Lab when material substitution or engineering controls are not adequate to mitigate air contaminants to an acceptable level. ES&H Manual Chapter 6630 Appendix T2 Respirator Use and Approval Requirements provides the process step used to determine if a respirator is required; if required how to determine the appropriate type; and how to obtain medical monitoring, training, and a fit test. Anyone may, at any time, request to use a respirator on a voluntary basis; however they must complete the process steps listed as if it were required, prior to use.
Respirator Use/Medical Approval Form
Management authority may be delegated to a task qualified Jefferson Lab employee at the discretion of the responsible manager.
Anyone at Jefferson Lab
Qualified Respiratory Users
Supervisors/Subcontracting Officer's Technical Representative (SOTR)/Sponsor
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