Respiratory Protection Program & Fit Testing

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General Information about Fit-Testing


Individuals must be clean-shaven to be fit tested, and also to wear an N95 or any other type of tight-fitting respirators effectively. Per Cal/OSHA standard, in situations where respiratory protection is a requirement, facial hair is only permitted if it does not cross the sealing surface of the tight-fitting respirator. For additional guidance on facial hair, please visit the NIOSH/CDC website.

Respirator Facial Hair Guide

  
Respiratory Protection Program Resources

UCSF makes all reasonable efforts to protect the health and safety of its faculty, staff, and students. This commitment extends to controlling respiratory hazards.

The most effective ways to control air contaminants that create respiratory hazards are to institute prescribed engineering controls and to follow correct work practices. Respirators should only be used when engineering and administrative methods fail or additional protection is needed. Respirator protection is not intended to be a substitute for adequate engineering controls or proper work practices.

The UCSF Respiratory Protection Program Manual outlines the policies and procedures concerning the use of respirators by UCSF personnel.

Occupational Health Services conducts health evaluations for all personnel who may wear respirators.

Supervisors must ensure:

  • Employees using respirators receive medical evaluation and respirator fit testing/training.
  • Availability of appropriate respirators and accessories.
  • Adequate storage facilities and proper respirator equipment maintenance.
  • Employees awareness of tasks requiring the use of respiratory protection.
  • Employees engaged in such work use the appropriate respirator at all times.
  • Reporting of problems, such as changes in equipment or procedures that may affect employee exposure or respirator suitability, to EHS.