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Industrial Hygiene

The National Institutes of Health defines industrial hygiene as "the art and science dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, communication and control of environmental stressors in, or arising from, the work place that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or affect the well being of workers and members of the community." These resources focus on hazards and stressors that include absestos, lead paint, noise/hearing conservation, and respirator protection.

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Respiratory Protection Guidelines
January 28, 2016   |  American Thoracic Society
This document summarizes the components of a complete respiratory protection program. This should help physicians and others understand the scope of activity that is necessary for the establishment of a program of respiratory protection.
Respiratory Protection
January 28, 2016   |  OSHA
These guidelines explain why employees need to wear respirators, procedures to ensure proper protection, and ways that OSHA can help.
Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respiratory Protection Standard
February 8, 2016   |  OSHA
This document provides small entities with a comprehensive step-by-step guide complete with checklists and commonly asked questions that will aid both employees and employers with a better understanding of OSHA’s respiratory protection standard.
Sample Policies
Sample Respiratory Program Template
March 15, 2016
This is a written respiratory protection program template and guide.
Model Respiratory Protection Program for Fire Service
March 15, 2016   |  Florida State Fire Marshal
The purpose of this document is to aid in the development of written programs related to respiratory protection.
Model Fire Department Respiratory Protection Program
March 15, 2016   |  New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
This document establishes departmental policy, responsibilities, and requirements for the protection of firefighters whose job requires the use of respiratory protection.
Sample Forms
Respirator Fit Test Form
January 28, 2016
A short fit test form that covers fitting and limitations.
Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionaire
January 28, 2016   |  U.S. Department of Commerce
This sample form evaluates an employee's medical condition before they use a respirator.
Form for Voluntary Respirator Use
January 28, 2016   |  MIT - Environment, Health, and Safety Office
This sample form uses OSHA information that outlines what an employee needs to know before signing off on voluntary respirator use.
Written Respiratory Protection Program Template & Guide
January 28, 2016
This is a sample template for a respiratory protection program that includes some guidelines and best practices.
Respiratory Protection Training
January 28, 2016   |  University of Rochester
This training includes respirator use requirements, voluntary vs. mandatory use, and exposure assessment.
Safety Toolbox Training: Respiratory Protection
January 28, 2016   |  Emory University
This quick training document includes when respirators are needed, how they work, and other important questions.
Audit Checklist
Respirator Safety Checklist
January 28, 2016
This quick checklist covers respirator use, fit, and maintenance.
Respiratory Protection Self-Audit Checklist
January 28, 2016
This quick self-audit checklist focuses on the inspection of a air purifying respirator.
Respiratory Protection Self-Inspection Checklist
January 28, 2016
This checklist applies to the use of either atmosphere-supplying or air-purifying respirators being worn, voluntarily or otherwise, for comfort or to protect health.
Respirator Program Evaluation Checklist
January 28, 2016   |  Commonwealth of Kentucky
This sample checklist assesses respirator program administration and operation.
Starting a Respiratory Protection Program
March 9, 2016   |  Grainger
A respiratory protection program ensures that all employees are properly protected from respiratory hazards. According to 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.134, employers must create and maintain an individualized, written respiratory program if their employees use respirators. 
Trends in ... Respiratory Protection
March 9, 2016   |  Safety+Health Magazine
To help prevent these deaths and injuries, it’s important to wear respiratory protection when needed. OSHA states that “compliance with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard could avert hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses annually.”
Best Practices
Respiratory Protection Program
January 28, 2016   |  Kimberly-Clark
This guide includes some respiratory protection best practices and frequently asked questions.
Respiratory Protection in General Industry
January 28, 2016   |  U.S. Department of Labor
This video provides an overview of respiratory hazards and OSHA's program requirements.
Respiratory Protection in Construction
January 28, 2016   |  U.S. Department of Labor
This video focuses on respiratory protection in the construction industry.
Respirator Types
January 28, 2016   |  U.S. Department of Labor
This video discusses differences between types of respirators.