Voluntary Use of Respirators for Animal Care and Use

Voluntary Use of Respirators for Animal Care and Use

EH&S has made a determination that filtering facepiece respirators, such as the N-95 disposable particulate mask, may be used on a voluntary basis specifically for protection from exposure to lab animal allergens. EH&S recommends the voluntary use of N95 respirators for additional comfort and protection when working around animal allergens.

The voluntary use of an N-95 disposable particulate mask is a component of the University’s strategy to reduce exposure to lab animal allergens. Additional information about lab animal allergies can be found here.

If an employee requests to wear a respirator other than a filtering facepiece respirator for animal-allergen protection, they must contact their supervisor. The supervisor must contact EH&S to initiate the appropriate respirator program procedures that cover medical evaluations, fit testing, and maintenance as required by WAC 296-842.

Any employee who experiences any difficulties while wearing the filtering facepiece respirator must immediately inform their supervisor.

Employees

Notify your supervisor that you want to wear a filtering facepiece respirator. Your supervisor will provide you with a copy of OHS Form 405, Advisory Information for Employees Who Voluntarily Use Respirators.

Sign this form where indicated and give a copy to your supervisor.

Employees are responsible for the proper use and care of the respirator in compliance with manufacturer’s instructions.

Supervisors

Provide the respirator user with a copy of OHS Form 405, Advisory Information for Employees Who Voluntarily Use Respirators; ensure that the employee understands the handout content and signs the form; and maintain a copy of the signed form for your records and ensure the respirator user keeps their signed copy.