Office of Research

Personal Protective Equipment

Respiratory Protection

Clemson University Respiratory Protection Program provides respirators to protect the health of employees in accordance with OSHA 1910.134. The program includes medical surveillance, training, and fit-testing.

An employee may need a respirator  if they work in an environment with insufficient oxygen or where harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, fumes, gases, vapors, or sprays are present.  Respirators have their limitations and are not a substitute for effective administrative, engineering, and work practice controls, such as fume hoods, safe work practices and training.  In some cases, when it is not possible to use these controls to reduce airborne contaminants below their occupational exposure levels, respirator use is essential.  

Different hazards require different respirators, and employees are responsible for wearing the appropriate respirator and complying with the Clemson Respiratory Protection Program.  A respirator is a protective device that covers the nose and mouth or the entire face or head to guard the wearer against hazardous atmospheres. This includes:

■ Dust masks or particle masks

■ Tight-fitting half masks, with cartridges

■ Full facepieces with cartridges;

■ Loose-fitting, such as hoods or helmets that cover the head completely

 ■ Atmosphere-supplying, such as airline respirators or Self Contained Breathing Apparatus.. 

If you think that you may need a respirator, complete the Selection and Use Worksheet and send to Candis Duncan at csdunca@clemson.edu.  Research Safety will review your work practices to determine if you need a respirator.

If determined that your job function will require respiratory protection, you must be enrolled in the Clemson University Medical Surveillance Program, participate in training, and be fit tested annually for your respirator. 

To find out more about the respirator program and the process click here:

Medical Surveillance Forms and Appendix A: Respirator Selection And Use Form

Appendix D: Voluntary Use Form

Respirator Training  

FIT Testing: Send request to Candis Duncan at csdunca@clemson.edu.   

Written Respiratory Protection Program

 

Hearing Conservation

The principal objective of the Clemson University Hearing Conservation Program (HCP) is to prevent permanent noise-induced hearing loss resulting from on-the-job noise exposure.

The Hearing Conservation Program provides training for affected employees, performs noise surveys, recommends personal protective equipment, and makes recommendations for the location and placement of warning signs for high hazard noise areas and equipment.  The Occupational Health Clinic provides annual hearing testing for on-campus employees enrolled in the HCP.  Off-Campus employees will be provided with information for a local audiologist.  Audiometric testing is provided at no charge to the employee, testing will be billed to the employee’s Department as needed. 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide employees with proper protection against the effects of noise exposure when sound levels exceed an 8-hour time weighted average (TWA) of 90 dBA. If levels exceed 85 dBA for an 8-hour TWA, then a hearing conservation program must be provided at no cost to the employees.  The protective measures provided to the employees may be provided either through a combination of engineering and/or administrative controls. If these controls are insufficient, the use of personal protective equipment will be implemented.  Please contact Research Safety to conduct noise monitoring to determine if hearing protection is required.  Once determined the employee’s exposure requires hearing protection, the employee will be enrolled in the HCP and will need to submit medical surveillance forms to the Occupational Health Nurse. 

HEARING CONSERVATION TRAINING

The following medical surveillance forms must be sent by fax to (864)656-1123 or regular mail to:

Medical Surveillance Program, Joseph F. Sullivan Center, 101 Edwards Hall, Clemson University, Attention: Will Mayo.

Health History     Client Profile

To request a noise survey or further information regard the Hearing Conservation Program, please contact Candis Duncan at csdunca@clemson.edu or (864)656-0989.

Written Hearing Conservation Program