Respirator Maintenance Checklist

OHS regulations require employers to ensure that respirators are properly maintained, cleaned, cared for and stored. Use this Checklist to determine if you comply with OHS requirements and remain in compliance going forward.

CHECKLIST FOR RESPIRATOR MAINTENANCE & CARE

Check to make sure that your site has met the following requirements:
CLEANING & DISINFECTING

[  ] Respirators are provided that are clean, sanitary, and in good working order.
[  ] Respirators are inspected and maintained in accordance with CSA Z94.4, Selection, Use and Care of Respirators.
[  ] Respirators are cleaned and disinfected using proper procedures.

Respirators are cleaned and disinfected:
[  ] As often as necessary when issued for the exclusive use of one employee.
[  ] Before being worn by different individuals.
[  ] After each use for emergency use respirators.
[  ] After each use for respirators used for fit testing and training.

STORAGE
[  ] Respirators are stored to protect them from damage from the elements, and from becoming deformed.

Emergency respirators are stored:
[  ] To be accessible to the work area.
[  ]  In compartments marked as such.
[  ] In accord with manufacturer’s instructions.

INSPECTIONS

[  ] Routine-use respirators are inspected before each use and during cleaning
[  ] SCBAs and emergency respirators are inspected monthly and checked for proper functioning before and after each use.
[  ] Emergency escape-only respirators are inspected before being carried into the workplace for use.

Inspections include:
[  ]  Check of respirator function.
[  ] Tightness of connections.
[  ]  Condition of the facepiece, head straps, valves, cartridges and other parts.
[  ] Condition of elastomeric parts.

For SCBAs, inspections include:
[  ] Check that cylinders are fully charged.
[  ] Check that regulators function properly.
[  ] Check that warning devices function properly.

For emergency use respirators, inspections include:
[  ]  Certification by documenting the inspection, and by tagging the information either to the respirator or its compartment, or storing it with inspection reports.

REPAIRS

[  ] Respirators that have failed inspection are taken out of service.
[  ] Repairs are made only by trained personnel.
[  ] Only NIOSH-certified parts are used.
[  ] Reducing and admission valves, regulators and alarms are adjusted or repaired only by the Manufacturer or a technician trained by the manufacturer