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Respiratory Protection Program

Columbia University has developed a Respiratory Protection Program to address the issues of potential exposure to airborne contaminants during work activities.  When effective engineering or administrative controls are not feasible or practical in eliminating or minimizing potential exposures, or in emergency situations, the use of personal respiratory protective equipment, such as a respirator, may be necessary to protect the health of the individual. When used properly, the respirator assures adequate personnel protection.

The purpose of Respiratory Protection Program is to establish acceptable practices for approved respirator selection, use, and maintenance, as well as procedures for medical clearance and respirator fit-testing.  This program was developed in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Respiratory Protection Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134. It applies to all Columbia University personnel who are required to wear a respirator to perform assigned duties or who choose to wear a respirator voluntarily.
Please contact with any questions or to request an exposure assessment.  


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