This part applies to all use of respirators at work. IMPORTANT:
Before you decide to use respirators, you are required to evaluate respiratory hazards and implement control methods as outlined in WAC 296-307-624
, Respiratory hazards.
The term "respiratory hazards" will be used throughout this part to refer to oxygen deficient conditions and harmful airborne hazards. Definition:
Respirators are a type of personal protective equipment designed to protect the wearer from respiratory hazards.
You can use Table 1 for general guidance on which sections apply to you.
Sections that apply to your workplace
|If employees... ||Then the sections marked with an "X" apply... |
|596 ||598 ||600 ||602-618 ||620 ||622 |
|Request and are permitted to voluntarily use filtering-facepiece respirators, and are not exposed to a respiratory hazard || ||X || || || ||X |
|Request and are permitted to voluntarily use respirators that are NOT filtering-facepiece respirators, and are not exposed to a respiratory hazard ||X ||X || || ||X ||X |
|Are required to use any respirator by WISHA or the employer ||X || ||X ||X ||X ||X |
|Would use an escape respirator in an emergency ||X || ||X ||X ||X ||X |
|Reference: ||See WAC 296-307-100, Personal protective equipment (PPE) to find requirements for other types of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as eye, hand, and head protection. |
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060. 05-01-166, § 296-307-594, filed 12/21/04, effective 4/2/05.]