Individuals at UNH are entitled to a working and learning environment free of unsafe and unhealthy conditions. This goal as it pertains to respiratory health is best attained through the development and implementation of engineering controls-modifying the source in order to reduce the amount of contaminants to which one is exposed. Often the implementation of engineering controls is insufficient or not feasible. In these situations the use of respiratory protection is required.
Respirators act as a barrier preventing those hazardous airborne contaminants from entering the body through the respiratory system. A respirator will only be effective if it is used following strict guidelines and procedures to ensure their proper use, care, and maintenance. The purpose of the UNH Respiratory Protection Program is to provide this guidance and define responsibilities for the timely issuing, testing, maintenance, and administration of respirators.
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety is available to provide technical support for the Respiratory Protection program to include:
- Hazards Assessments
- Fit Testing
- Exposure monitoring for chemical substances
- Respirator selection
Occupational Safety Coordinator