Harmful chemicals, particles, and biological contaminants can be released into the air while employees and students do their jobs. Inhalation is one of the primary ways these contaminants can enter the body.
Roger Williams University will first seek to prevent atmospheric contaminants by implementing engineering controls whenever possible, prior to utilizing personal protective equipment. Engineering controls can include enclosing the work area, introducing ventilation (local and general), and/or substitution of less toxic materials.
After engineering controls are in place, respirators (personal protective equipment) can be employed if deemed necessary. If respirators must be used to make the work environment safe, then their proper use shall be governed by the Roger Williams University Respiratory Protection Plan (RPP). The RPP describes all aspects pertaining to the safe use and maintenance of university-issued respirators.
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety oversees the Roger Williams University Respiratory Protection Program to ensure respirators are being used, maintained, and stored properly. The Roger Williams University Department of Environmental Health and Safety conducts an annual review of all University operations to ensure that all personnel requiring respiratory protection are enrolled in the RPP. Staff and students who are unsure whether operating conditions require respiratory protection should contact the Department of Environmental Health and Safety for an atmospheric evaluation.