Respiratory Protection

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Respiratory hazards can include airborne contaminants such as biological particles, dusts, mists, fumes, and gases, or oxygen-deficient atmospheres. Note that more than one respiratory hazard can be present at the same time.

Respirators should be used for protection from contaminants in the air only if other hazard control methods are not practical or possible under the circumstances. Respirators should not be the first choice for respiratory protection in workplaces. They should only be used:

  • when following the "hierarchy of controls" is not possible (elimination, substitution, engineering or administrative controls)
  • while engineering controls are being installed or repaired
  • when emergencies or other temporary situations arise

The University is committed to protecting the health and safety of employees. Follow the links below to find out more information on the UT Austin Respiratory Protection Program.