Concordia’s Respiratory Protection Program (RPP) is designed to reduce and eliminate employee exposure to workplace air contaminants, such as hazardous dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, vapors, or sprays, which may cause occupational illnesses.
When dealing with air-borne contaminants, the primary objective is to prevent exposure. Elimination or reduction of respiratory hazards can be accomplished using engineering controls (example: chemical fumehood or local exhaust ventilation) or through safe work practices. When no other means are possible, then respiratory protection must be used. Respiratory protection, along with all other personal protective equipment, is provided free of charge to employees, when it is deemed necessary for their work.
Our Respiratory Protection Program complies with Quebec’s Occupational Health & Safety legislation and with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Standard Z94.4-11 - Selection, Use and Care of Respirator. This program applies to all university activities involving staff, faculty, and students.
Respiratory protection training is mandatory for all those that are required to wear a respirator as personal protective equipment (PPE) in the course of their work or studies. Training is also mandatory for supervisors and faculty whose employees or students are required to wear a respirator.
The following training is provided by EHS:
To complete the training watch the Respiratory Protection video (in English or French) and complete the quiz.
All Members of the University Community enrolled in the RPP must comply with the Occupational Health Screening Procedure for Respiratory Protection (OHP-SOP-004). The purpose of the procedure is to evaluate an individual’s ability to wear respiratory protection safely and to protect an individual’s health through screening aimed at early detection of occupational respiratory diseases.
Respiratory protection users will be asked to complete a Respirator Use Form (OHP-FORM-005) and a Respirator Medical Clearance Form (OHP-FORM-006) to be reviewed by a medical professional. All forms must be signed and dated.
All workers who are required to wear a respirator for their work must have a respirator fit test, conducted by EHS.
A fit testing shall be conducted:
Steps to scheduling a fit test with EHS:
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