Department Chair or Director
The department chair or unit director is responsible for assuring that all individuals under his/her control participate in the Respiratory Protection Program if required by the nature of their work.
Project Leader, Supervisor, or Superintendent
Each person in charge of a research project or other activity where respiratory protection may be or is required is responsible for:
- Identifying, with the assistance of EH&S, those employees who may need respiratory protection equipment, and scheduling them for fitting and training in the proper use and maintenance of the equipment.
- Requesting assistance from EH&S in evaluating new operations that may present health and safety hazards.
- Obtaining approval from an occupational health physician before assigning known or suspected medically restricted employees to jobs requiring the use of respirators.
- Enforcing the use of respiratory protection equipment and other requirements when applicable.
- Providing recharge number to the employee.
- Keeping the department chair or director informed of any actions proposed or taken regarding the Respiratory Protection Program.
Any employee or person who is required, under the Respiratory Protection Program, to wear respiratory equipment is responsible for:
- Utilizing the issued respiratory protection equipment in accordance with instruction and training provided by EH&S.
- Informing his/her supervisor of any personal health problems that could be aggravated by the use of respiratory equipment.
- Guarding against damage and ensuring respirators are not disassembled, modified, or otherwise altered in any way that may compromise the service of the respirator.
- Reporting any observed or suspected malfunctioning respirator to EH&S.
- Using only the type of respiratory protection equipment for which they have been trained and fitted.
- Store the respirator and cartridges in a plastic bag. Do not leave it hanging on a hook.
- Replace cartridges based on cartridge change-out schedule and eliminate cartridge break-through.
- Keeping track of their respirator to ensure that it is not used or shared among others in the facility.
- Returning the respirator to EH&S when it is no longer needed or when the employee leaves the University.
Office of Environment Health and Safety
EH&S is responsible for performing the following functions:
- Reviewing and approving all purchases of respiratory protection equipment.
- Providing instruction on the need for respiratory protection, criteria for selecting respirators, respirator fitting, use, storage, and maintenance.
- Providing approved respiratory protection equipment, maintaining facility for the cleaning and maintenance of equipment, and providing the following additional services:
- Conducting initial, annual, and other required fit tests for employees who utilize respiratory equipment.
- Coordinating medical questionnaire delivery with COEM.
- Providing employee training on the proper use and maintenance of respiratory protection equipment.
- Conducting inspections for respiratory equipment usage, maintenance, and storage.
- Providing employees with a UCSD Respirator Certification Card.
- Following up with employee regarding medical questionnaire summary results.
- Contacting employee for annual respirator fit testing.
- Acting as a consultant for respiratory protection.
- Recharging department for respiratory protection services.