On Wednesday, May 12th, Aaron Gelb, Amanda Strainis-Walker, Beeta Lashkari and Ashley D. Mitchell presented a webinar regarding OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Rules: Top 5 Reasons to Get it Right and Employer Mistakes.
While respiratory protection has been top of mind for the past year due to COVID-19, OSHA’s respiratory protection requirements apply to a wide range of industrial hygiene hazards, from hazardous chemicals to oxygen deficient environments, and dusts, smoke, gases, and vapors. Given that airborne hazards may cause death or serious disease, OSHA requires employers to assess their workplaces to identify hazards that necessitate respiratory protection, and for those, to select the appropriate respirator, train employees how to properly use them, and ensure that the respirator fits properly, is safe to use, and is actually being worn. As such, it is no surprise that OSHA’s respiratory protection standard ranks among the 5 most frequently cited standards each year.
This webinar highlighted the respiratory protection implications of COVID-19 in the workplace, discuss workplace circumstances requiring respirators, and the most common respiratory protection compliance mistakes employers make. We will also explain some of the most misunderstood provisions of OSHA’s respiratory protection rules, and identify strategies to limit exposure to the most common violations.
Participants in this webinar learned about:
- 5 reasons employers should prioritize compliance with OSHA’s respiratory protection requirements
- 5 common respiratory protection program mistakes employers make
- Respiratory protection issues implicated by COVID-19
- Steps employers can take to mitigate respiratory protection hazards and potential OSHA citations
This was the 8th regularly scheduled webinar event in Conn Maciel Carey’s 2021 OSHA Webinar Series. Click here to view our full schedule, detailed program descriptions for all of the webinars in the 2021 OSHA Webinar Series. If you missed any of our past webinars in our annual OSHA Webinar Series, click here to subscribe to our YouTube channel and view our webinar archive.
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