Industrial Hygiene

Respiratory Protection Program

Per Cal/OSHA regulations and UCSB Campus Policy, all UCSB personnel who use respiratory protection equipment including filtering facepiece respirators (dust masks) shall be included in the UCSB Respiratory Protection Program. The UCSB Respiratory Protection Manual outlines local requirements for respirator use by campus personnel (i.e., faculty, staff, students and volunteers) while engaged in University related activities. These requirements include respirator training, fit testing, and the completion of a medical evaluation prior to being issued a respirator. Furthermore, per campus policy, The Office of Environmental Health and Safety shall act as the sole source for purchasing, fitting, and approving the use of all respiratory protection equipment on campus. For directions on how to obtain a respirator please click here.

Respiratory protection must be selected carefully as most respirators only provide protection against certain types of contaminates, and within specific concentration ranges. The primary objective of the UCSB Respiratory Protection Program is to prevent harmful exposures to hazardous atmospheres through the following; (1) Elimination of hazardous atmospheres wherever possible through the implementation of effective control measures, and (2) Where adequate control measures are not feasible, the use of respiratory protection to ensure exposures to hazardous atmospheres do not exceed applicable exposure limits.

Supervisor & Departmental Responsibilities

Departments and their supervisors have the primary responsibility of ensuring the health and safety of their employees. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Understanding and complying with UCSB Respiratory Protection Program requirements;
  • Ensuring documented Job Hazard Assessments (JHAs) are performed for all job tasks using hazardous substances or requiring the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE);
  • Identifying employees who need respiratory protection equipment and ensuring they are enrolled in the UCSB Respiratory Protection Program;
  • Ensuring employees who may be exposed to hazardous substances outside of a laboratory are included in the UCSB Hazard Communication Program;
  • Ensuring proper use of respiratory protective equipment;
  • Notifying EH&S of any changes relating to their employees’ health or the hazards for which their respirator will be used.

EH&S Resources & Services

Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) administrative responsibility for the UCSB Respiratory Protection Program, and will assist departments in meeting their requirements under the program upon request. Specific EH&S Services and Resources are listed below:

  • Directions for Obtaining a Respirator
  • UCSB Respiratory Protection Program Manual
  • Respiratory Protection Training - Email the RPP or call 805.893.3743 or 805.893.8787 for more details
  • UCSB Respiratory Protection Program Compliance Checklist
  • Conducts IH surveys and exposure monitoring to determine if, and what type, of respiratory protection equipment is needed.
  • Coordinates medical evaluations to ensure individuals are healthy enough to wear a respirator.
  • Conducts initial and annual refresher training to ensure proper use of respiratory protection equipment.
  • Issues respiratory protection equipment for use on campus when needed.
  • Conducts fit-tests to ensure proper fit of respiratory protection equipment.

Additional Resources

For questions regarding the Respiratory Protection Program or to obtain respiratory protection equipment email RPP@ehs.ucsb.edu or call 805.893.8787 or 805.893.3743.