Asbestos Hazard Alert: Respirator Use Checklist for Construction Workers
Read the report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for this important checklist when using a respirator on the job. In addition to dusts and debris, construction trade workers are at risk from exposure to asbestos, a dangerous substance known to cause serious lung diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
Every time you use a respirator:
Check for worn, damaged, or missing parts.
Check the face seal. Use a negative and positive seal check.
Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for care. After you use a respirator:
Clean it: Put on surgical gloves. Remove filters or cartridges. Wash the mask in 110° F water using the manufacturer's recommended cleaner or mild detergent. Rinse, then dry.
Store the respirator in a rigid plastic container away from heat and light
Dispose of used parts properly.
Take care of the respirator so it can take care of you.
Courtesy of the CDC
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