Office of Environmental Health & Safety

Graham Health Center
408 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4196
Fax: (248) 370-4376

Respiratory Protection

Respiratory Protection

Oakland University's Respiratory Protection program is designed to protect employees from breathing air contaminated with harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays or vapors when effective engineering controls, such as mechanical ventilation, are not feasible.

In compliance with OSHA's Repiratory Protection Standard (1910.134) and MIOSHA's Part 451 Respiratory Protection, which adopts the federal rule, Oakland University has developed a comprehensive program that includes a written program with worksite-specific procedures and elements, including training and medical evaluations and fit testing for required respirator use.

Do I need a respirator?
Review the following documents for information regarding whether you need a respirator.

How can I be issued a respirator? 

  1. Attend Respirator Training
  2. Complete a Medical Evaluation for Respirator Use at Graham Health Center. 
  3. Identify respirator type and cartridge needed and purchase. 
    • Contact Environmental Health and Safety if you require assistance.
  4. Complete respirator fit-testing at the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. 

Respirator Fit Testing 

  1. Bring your respirator and cartridges to your fit test appointment.
  2. Do NOT eat, drink or smoke for a minimum of 15 minutes prior to appointment.
  3. The fit test will take approximately 30 minutes.

Steps required to maintain respirator qualification at Oakland University:

  • Complete a Medical Fitness Status Form. Additional respirator medical evaluations are not required unless you have experienced a change of medical condition.
  • Complete annual fit-testing at the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Complete a Respirator refresher training class every three years.