OP 60.05: Respiratory Protection Program
Texas Tech University has determined that certain employees are exposed to respiratory hazards during routine operations. These hazard include, chemical vapors, certain biohazards, asbestos and other particulates. The purpose of this program is to ensure that all Texas Tech University employees and students are protected from exposure to these respiratory hazards.
Engineering controls, such as ventilation and substitution of less toxic materials, are the first line of defense at Texas Tech University; however, engineering controls are not always feasible for some of our operations, or do not always completely control the identified hazards. In these situations, respirators and other protective equipment must be used. Respirators are also needed to protect employee health during emergencies.
RESPIRATOR FIT TEST REQUIREMENTS
Fit Testing requirements, for Texas Tech University, are stated in its OP 60.05 Respiratory Protection Program dated June 21, 2012. The Employer must ensure the employee has received training as required by OSHA 1910.134(k) prior to receiving a fit test. The employee must also complete the following in the order listed prior to their receiving a fit test:
- Complete on-line training (passing = 80%): Click Here to access the EHS Training through Vivid Learning Systems.
- Complete each section of the Occupation Health Program Enrollment Form, to be enrolled into the Occupation Health Program.
- Send completed enrollment form to TTU EH&S, via email at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Five (5) working days after submitting the enrollment form for OHP, the supervisor should call Amanda Miller at 806/795-7433 to set up a date and time for the employee to go to OCCMed to receive their Pulmonary Function Test / Medical Clearance to wear a respirator.
- Call EH&S (806-834-4186 – Robert Barr) to request date and time for fit test or (806-742-3868)
In order to receive their fit test, the employee must comply with the following:
- Be clean shaven in the area where the seal of the respirator touches the face; and
- Bring their respirator to the fit test, if they have been issued a respirator following past years testing. If a new employee, a respirator will be supplied for the fit test and a new respirator will be purchased for you following a successful completion of the fit test.
NOTE: Occupational Health Program – You must complete each section of the form and then select “I ACCEPT MEDICAL SURVEILLANCE” in order to have your physical paid for by TTU. At the bottom of the first page, make sure a supervisors phone number is in place so OCCMed can reach them if any changes in the appointment is necessary.
If you have questions or need help with any of the above steps contact Robert Barr @ 806-834-4186.