Feb. 22 – Respiratory Protection



Respiratory hazards are commonplace in most workplaces. Two thirds of workplace deaths in Canadian workplaces occur because of occupational disease. Most of these deaths are because of exposure to toxics in the workplace. Exposure to dust, mist, gases, vapours, and other airborne aerosols can be harmful. Exposure control should follow the hierarchy of controls and while ventilation is an important engineering control for workplace aerosols, inevitably employees require some form of respiratory protection to fully control the hazards.

The regulatory frameworks for respiratory protection are well established in every provincial, territorial, and federal jurisdiction.

The centerpiece of the regulations is the requirement for employers to develop a Code of Practice for respiratory protection. Further there are several CSA standards and numerous guidelines detailing requirements for formalized programming related to respiratory protection.

Respirators come in many different shapes and sizes, and while employees have lots of choice when it comes to selecting the respiratory protection, they need to know more than the basics and that includes the art and science behind respirator selection, use, and care. Employers need to know more and be prepared to make the right choices when it comes to respiratory safety.

The selection of proper respiratory protective equipment requires us to take time to consider many factors.  Assessing hazards, choosing CSA approved products, ensuring performance, and fit are all important. These factors must be considered in establishing a formalized respiratory protection program.

Join us in this webinar as we explore:

  • Common jobs and tasks that may create hazardous atmospheres.
  • The legislative framework in Canada related to respiratory protection along with the relevant CSA Standards and guidelines for respirator selection, use and care;
  • Best practices in hazard assessment with a focus on identifying and quantifying inhalation hazards;
  • The range of respirators available including;
    • Air purifying respirators like particulate respirators, half masks, full-face masks, and PAPRs
    • Supplied air respiratory protective equipment like SCBAs and airline respirators systems.
  • How to conduct qualitative and quantitative fit testing;
  • The medical surveillance requirements for employees who must wear respirators;
  • How to develop a Code of Practice for respiratory protection including guidance on the selection, use, and care of the most appropriate choice of respiratory protective equipment for any job or task; and
  • The most practical and effective ways to improve your respirator protection programs and maximize compliance of use.

February 22, 2024 | 12:00PM Noon
Lunch and Learn Webinar