OSHA Compliance

Respirator Use 

Respirator Use


Everyday workers may be exposed to air that is contaminated and may cause respiratory issues. These respiratory issues may present acute or chronic concerns to the workers and employers. In view of these facts, OSHA revised the existing CFR 1910.134 in 1998.

START Group offers the following comprehensive training and loss control packages in respiratory protection:

  • Evaluation of Current Level of Compliance - Completion of a review of representative work areas (which present respiratory concerns) and the respirators used in these areas (immediately dangerous to health {IDLH} and non-immediately dangerous to health). This review will focus on the respirators selected, along with the policies and procedures involving the use of these respirators (i.e., donning, doffing, limitations, inspection, cleaning). Annual fit testing and appropriate medical evaluations will also be evaluated. In order to assist with policy and procedure development, formal and written recommendations will be made regarding areas that are in need of improvement.
  • Scope of Respirators Being Addressed – Both tight fitting and non-tight fitting respirators will be addressed, along with IDLH (i.e., SCBA units, SAR units) and non-IDLH respirators (i.e., dust masks, particulate full-facepiece, particulate half-facepiece, PAPR) respirators.
  • Regulatory Classroom Session - Completion of a turn-key, classroom review training session informing all participants of the critical aspects of OSHA 1910.134, along with the interface of this standard with your agency's respiratory protection.
  • Manipulative Skill Training Session - Completion of a manipulative skills training class utilizing the respirators selected by the agency. Training will focus on meeting the OSHA knowledge components (i.e., donning, doffing, limitations, inspection, sanitizing, and cleaning). Both qualitative and quantitative fit testing are also available through the START Group. Training will involve use of your organization’s equipment, along with additional equipment provided by START Group.
Client list includes the Chicago Fire Department.