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Respiratory Protective Equipment Training

Learn about required and recommended respiratory protective equipment training.


Principal investigators and supervisors must identify job-specific hazards and make sure personnel attend required and recommended safety training appropriate for the work performed. See Personal Protective Equipment Hazard Assessment Forms for lab and non-lab areas to determine if respiratory protection equipment and training may be needed in your workplace.

Respiratory protective equipment training


Air-purifying Respirator Training

Required for employees who are required to use an air-purifying respirator or N-95 filtering facepiece to perform job duties. This is instructor-led training.

Topics covered during the training include:

  • Respiratory Protection Program
  • Regulations and requirements
  • Types of respirators
  • Factors in selection of respirators and cartridges
  • Correct use, maintenance, and storage of respirators
  • Limitations of respirators

How to get training:

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Voluntary Use of N-95 Filtering Facepieces

Recommended for voluntary users of N-95 filtering facepieces. Cal/OSHA encourages users to review Appendix D of the California Respiratory Protective Equipment standard. UC San Diego encourages these employees to follow standard operating procedures developed for voluntary users. This is an eCourse.

How to get training:

Note: This training applies only to voluntary N-95 use for respiratory protection against nuisance large-size particulates. If you're using the filtering facepiece on a mandatory status, additional regulatory requirements such as hazard analysis and fit-testing must be completed.

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For more information, contact EH&S Occupational Health & Hygiene.