Respiratory Protection


Operations requiring the use of respirators are not performed by NPS Personnel.

Any employee wishing to wear a respirator (including dust masks) must review the below OSHA mandated training (Per OSHA 1910.134 App D) and receive approval from the NPS Respiratory Protection Program Manager (RPPM).


The following training is for Naval Postgraduate School personnel. If you are from another command and you require respiratory protection training or a fit test, please seek guidance from your command safety office.


Elective use of Respirators:


When an employee chooses to wear a respirator, even though the use of a respirator is not required by the activity or any other OSHA standard. When there is no risk of personal overexposure and only filtering facepiece respirators are issued for voluntary use.


Appendix D to Sec. 1910.134 (Mandatory) Information for Employees Using Respirators When Not Required Under the Standard

  • Part Number: 1910
  • Part Title: Occupational Safety and Health Standards
  • Subpart: I
  • Subpart Title: Personal Protective Equipment
  • Standard Number: 1910.134 App D
  • Title: (Mandatory) Information for Employees Using Respirators When not Required Under Standard.
  • GPO Source: e-CFR
  • Appendix D to Sec. 1910.134 (Mandatory) Information for Employees Using Respirators When Not Required Under the Standard 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.


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 respirators 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.

[63 FR 1152, Jan. 8, 1998; 63 FR 20098, April 23, 1998]



Elective Use of Respirator Training Certification

I certify that I have read the above material on the elective use of respirators and I have watched the video. I will only use NIOSH approved N95 respirators and I understand their limitations.