The Production has developed the following program in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) General Industry Standard for Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134) and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) General Industry Standard for Respiratory Protection (Title 8 CCR 5144) and for the protection of their employees in the workplace. In order to control those occupational diseases caused by breathing air contaminated with harmful dust, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays, or vapors, the primary objective shall be to prevent atmospheric contamination. This shall be accomplished as far as feasible by accepted engineering and administrative control measures. When effective engineering and administrative controls are not feasible, appropriate respirators shall be used. In addition, appropriate respirators shall be used when effective engineering and administrative controls are being instituted but additional measures (i.e., respirators) are also necessary to protect employees.
In any workplace where respirators are required by the Production, this program shall apply.
Employees who wish to wear a respirator (except disposable dust masks) on a voluntary basis shall have that request evaluated on a case by case basis by the Production Safety Consultant. If permitted to wear a respirator on a voluntary basis, those employees shall also be included in all elements of our respiratory protection program.
Employees who wish to wear a disposable dust mask on a voluntary basis shall be allowed to do so and will not be included in this respiratory protection program. These employees should be provided the form for Employees Using Respirators when not Required.