Sound Management of Chemicals (SMC) in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

Tool: Respiratory Protection eTool

The eTool provides instruction on the proper selection of respiratory protection and the development of change schedules for gas/vapor cartridges as well as helps comply with the OSHA respirator standard. The OSHA respirator standard applies to all occupational airborne exposures to contaminated air where the employee is (a) exposed to a hazardous level of an airborne contaminant; or (b) required by the employer to wear respirators; or (c) permitted to wear respirators.

SMC Category Risk prevention and reduction
Subcategories Protective measures
SME Activity Handling, Unloading and loading, Pollution control and disposal, Production, Storage
Resource Type Online programme
Author United States Department of Labor
Company type Synthesis of substances, Formulation of chemicals, Industrial users of chemicals
Year Unknown

How to use it


1) Respirator use: e.g. firefighting, emergency situations, welding in confined spaces, abrasive blasting, etc.


1) Recommended respirator type and appropriate safety precautions
2) Respirator change schedule for cartridge filters

Learning time Short (<1h)
User expertise Basic (no scientific/engineering background required/no business management experience required)
User-friendliness Very user friendly
Advanced tool No
Languages English