Program Overview: The purpose of this program is to prevent and control occupational diseases caused by breathing air contaminated with hazardous substances. The primary objective is to prevent atmospheric contamination from occurring. When effective engineering controls are not feasible, or while they are being instituted, respiratory protection shall be used. Respiratory protection must be selected carefully as respirators are designed to protect only against specific types of substances and in certain concentration ranges. Per Cal/OSHA requirements (CCR, Title 8, Section 5144) and UCSB Policy 5440 individuals must be properly trained, fit tested and complete a medical evaluation prior to being assigned job duties that require the use of a respirator. Additionally per UCSB Policy 5440, The Office of Environmental Health and Safety shall act as the sole source for purchasing, maintaining, fitting and approving the use of all respiratory protection equipment on campus. For directions on how to obtain a respirator please click here.
Supervisor/Departmental Responsibilities:: Departments and their supervisors have the primary responsibility of ensuring the health and safety of their employees. Supervisor responsibilities include but are not limited to:
EH&S Services: Environment, Health & Safety provides the following technical services:
Contact: For questions regarding the Respiratory Protection Program or to obtain respiratory protection equipment email RPP@ehs.ucsb.edu or call x8787 or x3743.