Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Respirator Maintenance, Care and Storage

All parts of the respirator must be carefully inspected before each use and during cleaning using the following checklist:

  • facepiece: check for cracks, tears, holes, mask distortion, cracked or loose faceshield;
  • head straps: check for breaks, tears or broken buckles;
  • valves: check for residue or dirt, cracks, tears, valves stuck or folded open;
  • for PAPR: check the hose condition, gaskets, motor function, battery charge and condition;
  • for air supply systems: check breathing air quality/grade, condition of supply hoses (no cracks, tears, cuts), hose connections, settings on regulators and valves.

All respirators maintained for use in emergency situations and all SCBA units must be inspected at least monthly and in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations, and must be checked for proper function before and after each use. The date of the inspection, name of the person who inspected the respirator, the findings, remedial actions taken and the serial number of the respirator must be recorded, and the information shall be kept readily accessible in paper or electronic format. SCBA inspections must include reading the tank pressure, assuring that components are present and in working condition, and evaluating proper function of regulators and warning devices.

Defective respirators must be taken out of service immediately and brought to EHSS for repair or part replacement.

Respirator cleaning shall be performed following the instruction provided in Appendix 6. SCBA units must be cleaned in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations. EHSS strongly recommend that respirators are cleaned after each use.

Respirators must be stored in a closed container such as a zip lock bag, and away from direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, excessive moisture, dust and chemicals. The original form of the facepiece must not be distorted through storage.

SCBA units must be stored in a specially designed equipment locker that is under the direct control of the authorized users, away from direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, excessive moisture, dust and chemicals. Air and oxygen cylinders shall be maintained in a fully charged state and shall be recharged when the pressure falls bellow 90% of the manufacturer's recommended pressure level.

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