Face Coverings are Required while on Campus. Faculty & Staff may Request a Face Covering from EH&S.


Respiratory Protection

EH&S evaluates workplaces for possible airborne hazards and recommends ways to reduce these hazards when found. When appropriate, EH&S will fit campus workers with respirators and provide annual training on their proper use. EH&S evaluates a person's ability to safely wear a respirator prior to a respirator being issued.

Cal/OSHA Regulation 8 CCR 5144

For more information contact EH&S at ehsih@ucr.edu 

Annual Respiratory Requirements:

Here are the components that must be fulfilled annually in order to be respirator qualified. There is a charge of $92.01 fee per person, per year for the respirator qualification program:

  1. Respiratory Protection Request (Online)
  2. Respiratory Protection Training (Online in the UCR Learning Center)
  3. Medical Clearance to wear a respirator (Online)
  4. Respirator Fit Testing (In-Person)

1. Respiratory Protection Request

Whether you are requesting a respirator for the first time or are renewing, please complete the Respiratory Protection Request form online. You and your supervisor will receive a copy of the request via email. here is a charge of $102.62 fee per person, per year for the respirator qualification program and the Supervisor should contact EH&S Industrial Hygiene with an FAU for processing. Any questions regarding this process can be directed to ehsih@ucr.edu.

2. Respirator Protection Training:  
Register for and complete the “Respiratory Protection — Online” training course (course code RI-ESTOP0072) in the UCR Learning Center. 

Steps for a successful training completion:
a.    Go to the URL http://ucrlearning.ucr.edu  
b.    Login using your UCR NetID and password
c.    Enter the word "Respiratory Protection - online" into the Search box (on the left side), and click on "Go"
d.    Click on the "Respiratory Protection - online" title (course code RI-ESTOP0072), and click on the "Register" button
e.    Verify that the box is checked next to eCourse, and click on "Submit"
f.     EH&S can verify the training requirement once you've completed the course

3. Medical Evaluation

Once you've completed the Respiratory Protection Request form, EH&S will email you a unique log in code to complete your online Medical Evaluation questionnaire provided through 3M. Please be sure you check the email provided in your Request form for this link. If you have questions about this, please contact ehsih@ucr.edu.

4. Respirator Fit Testing

Schedule your Fit Test using our Simply Book Me site. Choose an available date and time that works for you!

Please be sure that you have completed your Online Training and Medical Evaluation prior to the fit test. If you are renewing your annual certification, please also bring your respirator with you to the fit test. 

Due to high demand of N-95 Respiratory Protection, Voluntary Use Requests will be subject to approval from EH&S and your Supervisor.

Approval for Use

Employees who are interested in using respiratory protection voluntarily should email to ehsih@ucr.edu to find out if they are eligible. 


At the Fit Test, you will receive training on how to use and wear the respirator properly.

Sign acknowledgement of use

Since the use of a respiratory is voluntary, you will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of use that will be sent to your supervisor and kept on file.

Mandatory Information for Employees Using Respirators when not Required Under the Standard
Appendix D to Sec. 1910.34

Respirators are an effective method of protection against designated hazards when properly selected and worn. Respirator use is encouraged, even when exposures are below the exposure limit, to provide an additional level of comfort and protection for workers. However, if a respirator is used improperly or not kept clean, the respirator itself can become a hazard to the worker. Sometimes, workers may wear respirators to avoid exposures to hazards, even if the amount of hazardous substance does not exceed the limits set by OSHA standards. If your employer provides respirators for your voluntary use, or if you provide your own respirator, you need to take certain precautions to be sure that the respirator itself does not present a hazard.

As a reminder, you should do the following:

1. Read and heed all instructions provided by the manufacturer on use, maintenance, cleaning and care, and warnings regarding the respirator’s limitations.

2. Choose respirators certified for use to protect against the contaminant of concern. NIOSH, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, certifies respirators. A label or statement of certification should appear on the respirator or respirator packaging. It will tell you what the respirator is designed for and how much it will protect you.

3. Do not wear your respirator into atmospheres containing contaminants for which your respirator is not designed to protect against. For example, a respirator designed to filter dust particles will not protect you against gases, vapors, or very small solid particles of fumes or smoke.

4. Keep track of your respirator so that you do not mistakenly use someone else's respirator.

If during the course of your work at UCR you job duties change and you are required to wear respirtory protection, you will need to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Required Use for Work section. 

Respiratory Protection Program Guidelines


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