A respirator is a device designed to protect the wearer from inhalation of harmful substances. When chosen correctly and used properly, respirators can protect the wearer from harmful gases, mists, vapors, fumes, and fine particulates.
Respirators are a last resort when it comes to protecting people in the workplace. Under the Georgia Tech Respiratory Protection Program and the Federal Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134), employers are required to determine that no other method of protecting the employee is feasible before resorting to the use of respirators.
Prior permission and certification by Lab and Chemical Safety is required prior to use of a respirator or N-95 filtering facepiece in the lab or work environment. For more information, please refer to the Lab Safety Manual or contact us.