Respirator and Mask Types

Respiratory protection is used to prevent exposure to contaminates in the air or in oxygen deficient atmospheres. Respiratory protective devices vary in design, application and protective capability. It is important to work with EHS to determine the appropriate type of respiratory protection needed to prevent occupational illness or injury.

Because use of respiratory protection can affect breathing and due to other risks involved, medical approval and training is required prior to use. Enrollment in the KSU respirator program is mandatory for employees required to use respiratory protection at K-State. Fit testing is required for tight fitting respirators. Contact EHS for additional information. Face coverings for COVID-19 community protection are not considered respirators and don't require approval.