Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Respiratory Protection Program

Midwestern University (MWU)1 has determined that certain employees are exposed to respiratory hazards during routine operations. These hazards include dusts, mists, fumes, sprays, other airborne particles, and harmful levels of hazardous gases or vapors. Hazards may also consist of chemical, biological, or radioactive contaminants in sufficient concentration to harm the health of employees. The purpose of this program is to ensure that all MWU employees are protected from exposure to these respiratory hazards.

 Engineering controls, such as ventilation (local or general), change in work or experimental procedures, and substitution of less toxic materials, are the first line of defense at MWU; however, engineering controls have not always been feasible for some of our operations, or have not always completely controlled the identified hazards. In these situations, respirators and other protective equipment must be used. Respirators are also needed to protect employees' health during emergencies. The work processes requiring respirator use at MWU are outlined in Table 1 in the Scope and Application section of the program.

 In addition, some employees have expressed a desire to wear respirators during certain operations that do not require respiratory protection. As a general policy MWU will review each of these requests on a case-by-case basis. If the use of respiratory protection in a specific case will not jeopardize the health or safety of the worker(s), MWU will allow voluntary use. As outlined in the Scope and Application section of this program, voluntary respirator use is subject to certain requirements of the program.

Respiratory Protection Program


For more information on the Respiratory Protection Program on the IL campus please contact:
Karolina Klosowska, Ext. 7632

For more information on the Respiratory Protection Program on the AZ campus please contact:
Sepideh S. Hockley, M.B.A
Respiratory Protection Program Administrator (AZ), Ext. 3796