Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Can anyone use a respirator?

No, not just anyone can wear a respirator. All employees who are required to wear a respirator must undergo a medical evaluation. A medical evaluation includes the completion of an OSHA medical questionnaire and a written recommendation by the licensed health care professional. This is required because the use of a negative pressure air-purifying respirator increases breathing resistance. This additional physiological burden may result in cardiovascular and pulmonary complications.