Respiratory Protection is designed primarily to protect employees from the harmful effects of Asbestos dust. It’s designed to eliminate as much of this Asbestos dust as humanly possible, leaving behind just safe air particles. The aim is therefore to prevent the development of asbestosis and other lung diseases caused by inhaling these fibers. Asbestosis is the result of inhaling Asbestos fibers, and the more fibers inhaled, the greater the chance of developing asbestosis. Thus, preventing Asbestosis is important for the workers; the workers should also be able to ensure their workers are protected from the hazards of Asbestos dust.
As part of its respiratory protection equipment, the worker needs a mask or particulate respirator. Masks can be provided by the employer, but it would be best if the company provided their own respiratory protection gear. The type of respirator is determined by the nature of the job. There are many different types of respirators, the most common among them are those that are appropriate for external or internal use, gas transfer, and oxygen supply purposes. A wide variety of disposable masks are available too.
Emergency services personnel and those in critical care need respiratory protection too. For example, there are oxygen tanks and pressurized canisters which can be used by these medical professionals. These emergency services professionals may be working in a critical care unit where breathing is vital. A canister or tank could help them to deliver pressurized oxygen to a patient, so that he or she stays alive until additional help arrives. The same is true about emergency medical technicians who may need a breathing mask during operations to avoid the spread of infections.
It is very important that these emergency services workers have the right respiratory protection and safety equipment. They also need to know about the latest respiratory protection standards because these standards are constantly evolving to keep up with new health hazards and environmental changes. These standards are developed by health organizations such as the American Society for Preventive Medicine and the American Association for Occupational and Preventive Medicine.
Respiratory protection and safety for the workforce should include two basic pieces of equipment: a positive pressure airway mask (PPMA), as well as the use of a full face mask (FMO). A positive pressure airway mask (PPMA) is an essential piece of respiratory protection worn while sleeping; it provides a high level of air pressure over the nose and mouth to keep particles and germs out. The use of a FMO, on the other hand, is similar to wearing a facemask except it has a higher tolerance of airborne particles and gases. A full face mask has special filters and air vents to trap and contain harmful irritants, vapors, and fumes.
There are many other pieces of respiratory protective equipment available that employers may wish to consider including PPEs that include gloves and masks. PPEs also come in a variety of materials and styles. For instance, disposable masks are often used by healthcare workers to provide a higher level of protection when cleaning or performing their duties. Cleaning rugs are another example of a respiratory protective equipment item that can be purchased in a variety of styles, sizes and materials. Some types of respiratory protective equipment are specifically designed for specific tasks, such as those used by healthcare providers or by teachers who teach about toxic chemicals.