OSHA’s Temporary Worker Initiative Bulletin Series: Respiratory Protection

November 09, 2018
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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued recommended practices for temporary workers and issued bulletins on such topics as hazard communication, bloodborne pathogens, and powered industrial truck training.

This webinar will review a new OSHA bulletin, which addresses what staffing firms and host employers can do to ensure that temporary workers are protected from exposure to airborne contaminants in accordance with OSHA standards. Exposure to harmful substances, including radiological, biological, and chemical and environments that are immediately dangerous to life or health, may cause cancer, lung impairment, disease, or death. Respirators are devices that can protect against these harmful substances and situations. Respirators may be used to provide protection during routine operations where engineering controls and work practices are not able to provide sufficient protection, or in emergencies. Compliance with OSHA’s “Respiratory Protection Standard” could save lives and prevent illnesses.

During this webinar, attendees will learn:

  • What the essential elements of a respiratory protection program are
  • How to evaluate a workplace for exposure to respiratory hazards
  • What the staffing firm’s responsibilities are
  • What the host employer’s responsibilities are
  • How OSHA can help employers ensure the safety of their workers


Lana Nieves, industrial hygienist, Office of Health Enforcement, OSHA