​How do I find out if I need a respirator?

 

If you feel that the engineering controls (i.e., fume hood, glove box, scavenger system, etc.) available in your workplace are not sufficient to mitigate a non-biological respiratory hazard, contact Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Occupational Health at ehsd.occ.health@tamu.edu to evaluate your work process and determine if respiratory protection should be required.


If you are concerned you may need respiratory protection from potentially hazardous aerosolized biological particles, contact the Office of Biosafety at bohp@tamu.edu.


How do I know which respirator to wear?


If you are a TAMU employee assigned a task requiring respiratory protection or feel that you would like to wear a respirator voluntarily while performing work duties, you must contact EHS Occupational Health at ehsd.occ.health@tamu.edu.  EHS personnel will evaluate the need for respiratory protection and select the appropriate respirator based on the hazards to which you may be exposed (i.e., particulates, vapors, infectious agents, oxygen-deficiency, etc.).