Dust Masks and Respiratory Protection

Basics:

If you think you require a mask or some form of respiratory protection for your work, please first contact EHS. Don’t get one on your own.  It may not fit you nor protect you.

 

At EHS we will help you determine if a respirator is required, what size and type would protect you best, and what type of filters/cartridges you should use.

 

 Here are the steps to secure a respirator:

 

  • Contact the EHS Office at 617-452-3477 or environment@mit.edu to discuss your options for respirator use
  • Have a medical exam: Contact Occupational Medicine at MIT Medical and request a respirator fitness appointment (yes, even if you are a student).
  • Fill out the Exposure Evaluation form
  • Have a fit test: Contact EHS to schedule the fit test and please bring the Exposure Evaluation form with you.   The respirator is something you need to try on to make sure it fits your face. The annual test and training takes approximately 30 minutes.    

Additional information:

Facial Hair

  • Respirators and beards don't mix. Facial hair prevents a good seal between respirator and your face and allows chemicals to get in. In the case of respirators, please shave to protect your lungs!

Comfort (Voluntary) Mask and Respirator Use

  • If there is no health concern associated with your work, but you wish to wear a disposable dust mask to protect yourself from nuisance dust you can fill out a voluntary use form
  • If there is no health concern associated with your work, but you wish to wear a reusable respirator to protect yourself from nuisance odors please contact Occupational Medicine at MIT Medical for a medical exam and then get a respirator fit test at EHS (see above).                                     

Legal Requirements

  • MIT Respiratory Protection Program has to abide by OSHA regulation 1910.134.  If you are required to use a respirator as protection against a hazardous material, then you must comply with all components of this law.
  • Complete details are available at MIT’s Respiratory Protection Program