A respirator is a personal protective device used to protect the wearer from inhalation of harmful levels of airborne contaminants. There are many types of respirators.  Respirators must be carefully selected, properly fitted, regularly inspected and cleaned, and repaired when broken.

Wearers must be medically evaluated for respirator use and trained in the appropriate use, care, maintenance and limitations of respiratory protective devices. If your work requires a respirator, you must register for a fit test and training.  Contact the Health and Safety Specialist for this testing and training and for other information on respirators or other personal protective equipment (PPE).