Presented by Aaron Gelb, Amanda R. Walker, Beeta Lashkari, and Ashley Mitchell
While respiratory protection has been top of mind in 2020 due to COVID-19, OSHA’s respiratory protections requirements apply to wide range of industrial hygiene hazards, from hazardous chemicals to insufficient oxygen environments, and harmful dusts, smoke, gases, and vapors. Given that airborne hazards such as these may cause death or serious diseases like cancer, OSHA requires employers to assess their workplaces to determine whether hazards exist that necessitate respiratory protection and if so, to select the appropriate respirator, train employees how to properly use them, and ensure that the respirator is actually being worn. As such, it should come as no surprise that OSHA’s respiratory protection standard consistently ranks among the 5 most frequently cited standards each year.
This webinar will highlight the respiratory protection implications of COVID-19 in the workplace, discuss workplace circumstances requiring respirators, the most frequent common respiratory protection program mistakes employers make, explain some of the most misunderstood provisions of the applicable OSHA standards, and identify strategies to limit exposure to the most common respiratory protection violations.
Participants in this webinar will learn about:
• 5 reasons employers should prioritize complying with OSHA’s respiratory protection requirements
• 5 common respiratory protection program mistakes employers make
• Respiratory protection issues implicated by COVID-19 in the workplaces
• Steps employers can take to mitigate respiratory protection hazards and potential OSHA citations