Respiratory Protection Program

TMCC Policy Statement

The TMCC Environmental, Health, and Safety Office’s (EH&S) mission is to support the Colleges teaching and service functions. EH&S assists organizational units in meeting their responsibility to protect the environment and to provide a safe and healthful place of employment and learning. This program has been developed in accordance with 29CFR 1910.134 (Respiratory Protection).

Purpose & Scope

The purpose of the Respiratory Protection Program is to protect employees against harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays, bioaerosols, and vapors, through the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). If effective engineering or administrative controls are not feasible, respirators shall be provided by the University when such equipment is necessary to protect the health of the employee.

This program will be implemented to ensure there are specific practices and procedures in place to safeguard employees who, during their normal duties, are or could be, exposed to hazardous airborne contaminants.

Respiratory protective equipment is required for work in environments with radioactive or chemical exposure levels exceed acceptable limits, when a risk assessment determines that airborne exposure to infectious agents is likely, and during some emergency response situations such as clean-up of some hazardous materials spills. Respiratory protective equipment may also be required for work in confined spaces or for short-term projects where engineering controls are not practical.