Respirators protect employees from harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, sprays, and even environments lacking oxygen. It is estimated that approximately 5 million employees are required to wear some form of respirator at their places of work. Respirators work either by removal of the contaminants in the air or by supplying clean air to the user. Both types of respirators can be found on the campus. 

The Ball State University Respiratory Protection Program is designed to protect employees by establishing accepted practices for respirator use, providing guidelines for training and respirator selection, and explaining proper storage, use and care of respirators. This program also serves to help the University and its employees comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) respiratory protection requirements

The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Office is responsible for providing respirators to employees when they are necessary for health protection. The EHS office will provide respirators that are applicable and suitable for the intended purpose at no charge to the affected employee(s). Any expense associated with training, medical evaluations and respiratory protection equipment will be borne by the University.

For more information contact the EHS Office at 765-285-2832. or view the BSU Respiratory Protection Program.


Respiratory Cleaning and Maintenance Instructions

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