Respiratory Protection: Voluntary Use
Employees who are interested in using respiratory protection voluntarily should email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if they are eligible.
- COVID 19 – Face Covers are Required for all individuals regardless of vaccination status effective 7/28 and until further notice per CDPH.
- Please visit our COVID-19 Face Covering Request Page for more info and to submit a request for a face covering.
- For those with COVID-19 vaccination exemptions who would like an N95 respirator for voluntary use, please complete the COVID-19 prevention training in addition to the steps below.
Here are the components that must be fulfilled annually in order to be respirator qualified.
- Request (Online)
- N-95 for Voluntary Use Training (Online in the UC Learning Center)
- Appointment (In-Person)
Step 1. Request
Complete the Voluntary Use Respiratory Protection Request form online.
Step 2. Training
Register for and complete the “N-95 Respiratory for Voluntary Use" training course (course code RI-ESECO0128-UCLOL0058) in the UC Learning Center.
Steps for a successful training completion:
- Go to the URL http://ucrlearning.ucr.edu
- Login using your UCR NetID and password
- Enter the word "N-95 Respirator for Voluntary Use" into the Search box (Search icon is on the top left side of the screen)
- Click on the "N-95 Respirator for Voluntary Use" title (course code RI-ESECO0128-UCLOL0058), and click on the blue "Register" or "Start" button
- EH&S can verify the training requirement once you've completed the course
Step 3. Appointment
Once you have completed your training, EH&S will provide you with information on appointments and/or office hours to pickup your N-95 respirator. During the appointment you will: 1) Confirm fit, 2) Obtain a copy of the training handout, 3) Complete documentation and acknowledgment.
Step 4. Acknowledgment
Since the use of a respirator 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:
- Read and heed all instructions provided by the manufacturer on use, maintenance, cleaning and care, and warnings regarding the respirator’s limitations.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 respiratory protection, you will need to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Requirements section.