Cal/OSHA Respiratory Protection

The goal of this course is to help you understand the atmospheric hazards you may encounter in the workplace and the best ways to protect yourself.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Respiratory Safety Training
  • Respiratory Protection Program
  • Respirator Selection
  • Fit Testing
  • Use and Maintenance
  • Medical Evaluations

Course Description

The goal of this course is to help you understand the atmospheric hazards you may encounter in the workplace and the best ways to protect yourself. We will discuss how to select the right respirator for the job; how to make sure a respirator fits properly; how to keep respirators clean, disinfected, and in good repair; and the medical evaluations that may be necessary to monitor and protect the health of workers. This course will also provide an overview of the California general-industry respiratory protection standard.

The Cal/OSHA Respiratory Protection Safety Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check non-scored questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

Cal/OSHA Respiratory Protection Course Outline

About This Course

Course Objectives

Introduction to Respiratory Safety Training

  • Key Terms
  • Respiratory Hazards
  • Affected Industries
  • Lung Diseases
  • Applicable Regulations

Respiratory Protection Program

  • The Respiratory Protection Program
  • Training
  • Program Evaluation
  • Recordkeeping
  • Voluntary Respirator Use

Respirator Selection

  • Assigned Protection Factor and Maximum Use Concentration
  • Assigned Protection Factors for Different Types of Respirators
  • Facial Attachments-Tight-Fitting Coverings
  • Facial Attachments-Loose-Fitting Coverings
  • Air-Purifying Respirators
  • Powered Air-Purifying Respirators
  • Supplied-Air Respirators
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
  • Specific Uses
  • Respirators for IDLH situations

Fit Testing

  • When to Use Fit Testing
  • User Seal Check
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Fit Testing
  • Qualitative Fit Testing
  • Quantitative Fit Testing

Use and Maintenance

  • Facepiece Seal Protection
  • Continuing Respirator Effectiveness
  • Procedures for IDLH Atmospheres
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting Respirators
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures
  • Storage and Repairs
  • Inspections
  • Air Quality Control
  • Compressed Breathing Air Cylinders
  • Other Quality Measures

Medical Evaluations

  • Medical Evaluation Procedures
  • Information for the Physician or Health Care Provider
  • Evaluation Results


Additional Resources


Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

If a worksite contains atmospheric hazards, the employer must implement practices to keep workers safe. The first line of defense against respiratory hazards is to eliminate or contain them. If possible, the hazardous material should be substituted with one that does not present a hazard. Many times, though, the materials used cannot be replaced. If so, engineering controls, such as ventilation or hood vents, can remove hazardous substances from the area. Administrative controls can also limit employee exposure to hazards by scheduling shifts so that no one is exposed for too long. If these methods are not enough to limit employee exposure to an atmospheric hazard, the employees must use respirators. Employers who require their employees to use respirators must create a written respiratory protection program.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

This training must be understandable to the employee and must occur at least annually when respirators are required. This training must be conducted before the employee is required to use a respirator. Training must be repeated more than annually if changes in workplace procedures make the previous training obsolete (for instance, if a new type of respirator is being used, or a different type of hazard is present). An employee must also receive additional training if he or she uses a respirator improperly or otherwise, indicates that he or she did not understand or remember the information provided in the training.

What are the governing regulations?

This online course satisfies the training requirements for the Cal/OSHA Title 8 CCR, Section 5144 Respiratory Protection Safety Standard.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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