Environmental Health & Safety
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How to Obtain a Respirator

Section 1

Obtaining a Respirator

Summary: The University of California, Irvine (UCI) Respiratory Protection Program provides a system for complying with the requirements of the applicable regulatory standards.

The program defines the procedures for:

  • Selecting respirators (which includes performance of a respiratory hazard evaluation),
  • Medical evaluations,
  • UCI respirator user training in
    • respiratory hazards and proper respirator use, 
    • fit-testing,
    • proper use of respirators in routine and reasonably foreseeable emergencies,
    • respirator care and maintenance,
    • atmosphere supplying respirators,
  • Evaluating program effectiveness, and
  • Voluntary use of respiratory protection.


As far as feasible, accepted engineering control measures (for example, enclosure or confinement of the operation, general and local ventilation, and substitution with less toxic materials) are implemented to prevent atmospheric contamination of breathing air by harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays, or vapors.

When engineering controls are not feasible, or while they are being instituted, appropriate respirators are used.  UCI, through the administration of the Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) office, selects and provides an appropriate respirator to personnel subject to this policy.  Such personnel include, but are not limited to:

  • UCI personnel in areas known to have contaminant levels requiring the use of respiratory protection;
  • UCI personnel performing operations documented to be health hazardous;
  • UCI personnel performing operations suspected of being health hazardous but for which adequate sampling data has not been obtained.


Prior to using a respirator, EH&S needs to evaluate the respiratory hazards in the environment where the respirator will be used. The hazard evaluation determines the need or requirement for respirator use, and the correct respiratory protection for the process or operation.

To initiate the assessment, complete the UCI EH&S Respiratory Hazard Evaluation Part 1 form and submit to safety@uci.edu.  You will be contacted to discuss the information that you submitted.  After the hazard evaluation is completed, you will be advised of any follow-up actions (for example, medical evaluations, voluntary use affidavits, etc).