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The wind industry is filled with hazards and the purpose of this newsletter is to share useful information, refresher training and safe work practices to our subscribers so that we can raise the bar for safety throughout the industry.  This week's topic focuses on respirator programs.

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Common Respirator Violations

According to recent OSHA news releases, companies will often have repeat violations for respirator safety. Some of these violations include:
  • Failure to provide adequate respirators for conditions immediately dangerous to life or health.
  • Purging or ventilating the atmospheric hazards within a confined space.
  • Failure to prevent employee overexposure to styrene levels exceeding the time, weighted average and ceilings limits.  

Starting and Maintaining Your Respirator Program

Remember, the first step in determining if a respirator program is necessary is to evaluate the level of contaminants in the air and/or the work processes involved, such as spray painting, abrasive blasting, etc. If contaminant levels exceed the PEL, first evaluate and implement suitable engineering controls that will lower the level of contaminants below the PEL, if feasible. Then, careful selection of respiratory protection and fit testing is required.

 

A competent person must continue to monitor the worksite, and evaluate the need for a respirator program whenever exposures change. New exposures could be due to different chemical uses, changes in work methods and processes, or whenever chemical spills occur. Additional employee training may also be necessary at this time.

 

Respirators are an important safety and health protection, when used properly. Learn to select, use and maintain them--and keep the air you breathe free of harmful contaminants.

 

Respirators and a written respirator program are required by OSHA whenever air contaminants are above the Permissible Exposure Level.  

 

A respirator program should include the following elements:

  • Physician's examination to determine the worker's capability of wearing a respirator
  • Program implementation and annual re-evaluations
  • Written standard operating procedures for the selection and use of respirators
  • Fit testing
  • Purchase of respirators and/or filters for each atmospheric need
  • Purchase of cleaning materials, filters, pre-filters, canisters and spare parts
  • Documented employee training on respirator use and limitations
  • Equipment inspection, cleaning, maintenance and storage procedures and records
  • Work-area monitoring to establish degree of exposure and type of respirator needed
  • Maintenance of air quality for supplied-air devices, compressors and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) devices.

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Gemini Energy Services is the premier independent service provider to the wind industry.  Safety is not just a philosophy at Gemini; it's our defining characteristic.  Whether Gemini technicians are driving to the project site or working on energized equipment in the hub, we strive for zero injuries.  Our proactive safety initiatives, which incorporate safety indoctrination, tailgate safety meetings, ongoing Personal Qualification Standards (PQS), a safety incentive program and completion of thorough Job Site Assessments, have resulted in an unblemished safety record.  We are confident that our colleagues in the wind industry share our commitment to safety and a zero-injury workplace.  

 

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