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Program Administrator

 
A qualified Program Administrator must be designated for each work site where respirators are used to ensure program maintenance and to evaluate program effectiveness.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires the program administrator to have an adequate level of training or experience to deal with the complexity of the respiratory protection program at the work site, to be able to manage the program as required under the standard.  OSHA does not require program administrators to attend a specified course.


1. Qualification

The Program Administrator is any individual with appropriate training and/or experience in accordance with the site-specific respiratory protection program and based on the respiratory hazards that exist, or that are reasonably anticipated in his or her department.

The training or experience needed is appropriate if it enables the program administrator to fulfill the minimum RPP standard requirements including; recognizing, evaluating, and controlling the hazards at the job site, as well as familiarity with the written Site-Specific Respiratory Protection Plan.

For example, If employees are exposed to nuisance dusts and relatively low-toxicity materials, and they only use simple respirators. Then a good knowledge of this plan, adequate plan-related training, and the information supplied by the manufacturer are sufficient for an employee to serve as the program administrator.

If more dangerous chemicals are present, or if the potential for high exposure exists, and if more sophisticated respirators are used,  the program administrator must have more extensive experience and/or training.  Then, under these circumstances, expert assistance needed and appropriate training will be provided by DEHS.


2. Responsibilities

The Program Administrator is responsible for administering the respiratory protection program.
Duties of the program administrator include:

  • Identifying work areas, processes or tasks that require workers to wear respirators, and evaluating hazards.
  • Selection of respiratory protection options.
  • Monitoring respirator use to ensure that respirators are used in accordance with their certifications.
  • Arranging for and/or conducting training.
  • Ensuring proper storage and maintenance of respiratory protection equipment.
  • Conducting qualitative fit testing with Bitrex.
  • Facilitating the medical surveillance program.
  • Maintaining records required by the program.
  • Evaluating the program.
  • Updating the site-specific written program as needed.



 
 
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