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Respiratory Protection

Different respirator styles used on campus: N95 disposable respirator; tight fitting half face respirator; tight fitting full face respirator; powered air purifying respirator (PAPR).

The Cornell University Respiratory Protection Program is intended to outline the correct use of respiratory protection by employees and students who could be exposed to hazardous substances or atmospheres. This program is in compliance with The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134).

Whenever possible, respiratory exposures will be controlled by implementing engineering, work practice, and administrative controls.  Respiratory protection will be provided to employees and students to be utilized when it has been determined that engineering, work practice, and administrative controls are not feasible and or do not provide sufficient protection.

Respiratory Hazards may include:

  • Harmful dusts (lead, silica, and other heavy metals)
  • Fumes and smokes (welding fume)
  • Gases and vapors (chemical exposures)
  • Biological hazards (tuberculosis, whooping cough, flu viruses)

Respiratory Protection and the COVID-19 Pandemic


Written Program/Manuals

Respiratory Protection Program Protected Document



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