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Respiratory Protection Program

Schedule a Fit-Test  | Request a bin of PAPRs


Anyone requiring the use of Respiratory Protection must be trained annually in accordance with OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134).

Complete your annual Respiratory Protection training via myLearning. In addition, please watch the attached videos.

If you have taken the Required Annual Education Topics for Clinicians, you have met the annual training requirement for respiratory protection and use of the PAPR.


Anyone who may encounter patients under airborne isolation but do not frequently have direct contact should rely on PAPRs for respiratory protection.

If you use a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) for respiratory protection, please complete the above training and watch the PAPR training video.

Request a Bin of PAPRs

Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR)

PAPR head protection PAPR hose PAPR base


  • 99.97% Filter Efficiency
  • User friendly
  • Reusable
  • One size fits all
  • No fit-test required
  • Accommodates people with facial anomalies and men with facial hair
  • Built in splash protection


  • Must decontaminate between uses
  • Noise from motor can inhibit communication
  • Less patient friendly, possibly intimidating
  • Requires maintenance and proper storage to ensure correct performance
  • Cumbersome

N95 Use

Anyone who regularly has direct contact with patients under airborne isolation should be fit-tested for an N95 respirator.

Wearing an N95 for respiratory protection requires annual fit-testing to ensure the N95 mask is forming an adequate seal with your face.

Check when you or your unit was last fit-tested using the Fit-Test Department Report tool.    

Schedule your annual N95 fit-test.    

You can order N95s from central stores (5-8357) using the following SAP numbers:

  • N95 3M 1860 (small) – 4743
  • N95 3M 1860 (regular) – 4725
  • N95 3M 1870 (one size) – 75927

*N95s come in boxes of 20 and should be stored in a place that is cool, dry, accessible, and known by staff.

N95 Respirator

N951870 face masks on two medical workers N951860 face masks and box


  • 95% filter efficiency
  • Lightweight
  • Quick to don and doff
  • No maintenance required
  • No decontamination required (disposable)


  • Requires annual fit-testing
  • Places added physiological stress on user
  • Prone to user-error, user must select proper respirator and properly don
  • Requires men to be clean shaven
  • Requires additional fit-test when changes occur to employees physical condition: facial scarring, dental changes, cosmetic surgery, pregnancy, obvious change in body weight, etc.

Train The Trainer

If you would like to become a fit-test champion and conduct fit-testing for your unit or in case of epidemic, please sign up for Respiratory Protection - Train the Trainer (Instructor Led).

Champions - Please forward the completed Fit-Test Evaluation Forms to the Respiratory Protection Program Manager.


  • Respiratory Protection Program - HSE 008
  • HSE 008 Addendum A: Respiratory Protection Devices - HSE 008A
  • HSE 008 Addendum B: Respiratory Protection Devices - HSE 008B
  • Tuberculosis and Other Airborne Infectious Disease (formerly "Airborne Pathogen Control Program") - HSE 601
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Occupational Health - The 2014–2015 Flu Season Is Winding Down (4/16/2015)

Updated Policy - HSE501 - Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan (4/3/2015)

New Guidance - HSE G11: Guidance for Corrective Actions and Progressive Response for Ongoing or Repeat Laboratory Safety Violations (2/3/2015)

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HSE policies have been moved to the Hopkins Policies Online (HPO) website (7/8/14)