PDC 807: The Fundamentals of an Effective Respiratory Protection Program

Megan Torgrude, MPH, CIH, CSP Lead Instructor
St. Paul, MN 
Jessica Hauge, MPH, CIH, CSP Instructor
St. Paul, MN 
United States of America
Scott Larson, CIH, CSP Instructor
Scott Larson
St Paul, MN 
United States of America
Thu, 6/4: 8:00 AM  - 5:00 PM 
Professional Development Course 
Georgia World Congress Center - Building B 
Room: B214 
CM Credit Hours:


Respiratory protection can be used for reducing workplace respiratory exposures when engineering and administrative controls are not adequate or feasible. The use of respirators in the workplace requires the employer to have a site-specific respiratory protection program. The written respirator program includes the following elements: a) proper selection; b) medical evaluations; c) fit-testing; d) respirator use, cleaning, storage, inspection, and repair; e) air quality, quantity, and flow; f) training; and g) program evaluation. Participants will understand the elements of a respiratory protection program through interactive discussion, examples, and workshops (fit-testing, selection, and maintenance). Additional topics will include respirator classification, the importance of respirator fit, and tools for improving work site-specific training in order to implement a more effective respiratory protection program.

*Registration includes boxed luncheon.

**Please note: power strips will not be provided at each attendee's seat; however, charging stations for laptops will be provided in each course room.

Course Outline

• Key Elements of a Written Respiratory Protection Program
• The Roles of NIOSH and OSHA with Regards to Respiratory Protection
• Filtration Theory
• How Environmental Factors Affect Respirator Cartridge Performance and Service Life
• Fit-testing
• Hands-on Fit-testing Practice
• Respirator Inspection
• Respirator Selection  

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

• Explain the elements of an OSHA acceptable respiratory protection program.
• Select the correct respirator for a given situation.
• Conduct a respirator fit-test using approved OSHA protocols.
• Describe the capabilities and limitations of available respirators using correct terminology.
• Assess respirators for defects. 

Value Added

Participants will be given various examples of respiratory protection programs, including a fill-in-the-blank version. After the fit-testing workshop, participants will be able to conduct qualitative fit-testing as well as quantitative fit-testing using the PortaCount®. Participants will become aware of respirator service life software available from a variety of sources. Participants will be better prepared to select and inspect respiratory protection devices.

Course Level


Learning Aids


Learning Level(s)



Protective Clothing and Equipment/Respiratory Protection

Transfer of Knowledge

Group activities
Hands-on demonstrations and practicum
Post course test
Practice exercises