Cal/OSHA Respiratory Protection (General Industry)
Online Training Certification Course
Title 8 CCR, Section 5144
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Potentially life-threatening respiratory hazards ranging from asthma-inducing dusts to lethally poisonous gases can be present in a wide variety of industries and jobs. Workers must be aware of the dangers they may face and know how to address them. With proper planning, the use of respirators, and the implementation of a respiratory protection plan, accidents and fatalities can be prevented.
This online certification course provides information specific to the California general-industry respiratory protection standard. The course content covers the atmospheric hazards that workers may encounter in the workplace; various methods of testing and monitoring for respiratory hazards; choice, care, and fitting of a respirator; medical evaluations that may be necessary to monitor and protect the respiratory health of workers; and other safety procedures related to respiratory health.
This course is for:
Employees who are exposed to oxygen-deficient atmospheres or other respiratory hazards must be trained before initial assignment of tasks. This respiratory protection training meets the requirements of the standard.
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Case Study: In 2010, a 53-year-old bathtub re-glazer was stripping a bathtub before re-glazing it. He was using a chemical solvent that contained methylene chloride. Methylene chloride is metabolized into carbon monoxide by the liver, and the carbon monoxide, instead of oxygen, is then carried to the brain by the red blood cells. The worker had not set up any ventilation in the bathroom and was not wearing a respirator. One of the maintenance employees from the apartment complex came in to talk to the worker but found him slumped over into the bathtub unconscious. The maintenance employee called 911, but by the time emergency medical services arrived, they found no pulse in the victim. EMS rushed the victim to the hospital and attempted to revive him, but it was too late.
Key Takeaways: Even vapors from common chemicals can be deadly at high enough concentrations. When working with any hazardous chemical, it is important to be safe. This worker could have used a ventilation system to keep fresh air coming into the bathroom, and at the very least, he should have worn a respirator appropriate for vapors.
California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), more commonly known as Cal/OSHA, sets and enforces standards pertaining to the use of respiratory protection. These regulations can be found in Title 8 of California's Code of Regulations (CCR) in Section 5144.
What You'll Learn
- Introduction to Respiratory Safety Training
- Key Terms
- Respiratory Hazards
- Affected Industries
- Lung Diseases
- Applicable Regulations
- Respiratory Protection Program
- The Respiratory Protection Program
- Program Evaluation
- Voluntary Respirator Use
- Respirator Selection
- Assigned Protection Factor and Maximum Use Concentration
- Assigned Protection Factors for Different Types of Respirators
- Facial Attachments-Tight-Fitting Coverings
- Facial Attachments-Loose-Fitting Coverings
- Air-Purifying Respirators
- Powered Air-Purifying Respirators
- Supplied-Air Respirators
- Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
- Specific Uses
- Respirators for IDLH situations
- Fit Testing
- When to Use Fit Testing
- User Seal Check
- Qualitative and Quantitative Fit Testing
- Qualitative Fit Testing
- Quantitative Fit Testing
- Use and Maintenance
- Facepiece Seal Protection
- Continuing Respirator Effectiveness
- Procedures for IDLH Atmospheres
- Cleaning and Disinfecting Respirators
- Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures
- Storage and Repairs
- Air Quality Control
- Compressed Breathing Air Cylinders
- Other Quality Measures
- Medical Evaluations
- Medical Evaluation Procedures
- Information for the Physician or Health Care Provider
- Evaluation Results
- Additional Resources
It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.
We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course. Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.
According to California OSHA, retraining must be provided before the initial assignment and then at least annually, in accordance with the employer's written respiratory protection program. Retraining must be provided more frequently if the need for refresher training is warranted.
Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.
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