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Respiratory Protection Program

Half face, full face, and N95 respirators

Respirators can be used to protect people from inhaling hazardous materials in the air, when ventilation and other control methods are not feasible or available. These materials can be in the form of gases, vapors, mists, dusts or fumes. Below is the link to the University’s Respiratory Protection Program - Compliance Protocol. The document and appendices contain the purpose, scope, and elements of the program. It also contains the required procedures and responsibilities for respirator use at the University. 

Contact the Industrial Hygiene Manager at 208-282-3669 for additional information.

Respiratory Protection Program

Appendix A Procedures for respirator use (Read First)

Appendix B Respirator Hazard Assessment fill in form (Download and save this form before completing.)

Respirator Care Checklist


A clean shaven face is required by OSHA for individuals wearing (or being fitted for) a tight fitting respirator. This includes an N-95 and any other filtering face piece respirator. The purpose of the requirement is to protect the individual wearing the respirator.

NIOSH and the CDC have worked together to compile the infographic below, illustrating which facial hairstyles will and will not work with a respirator.  ISU EHS utilizes this guidance when performing respirator fit tests. This CDC Facial Hair Guide  is available for printing and sharing. 

Multiple rows of men showing off compliant and non-compliant facial hair that work with respirators. Accepted facial hairstyles are: clean shaven, soul patches, short sideburns, and most mustaches.