This program helps protect workers by efficiently managing the respirator cartridge and filter replacement process. The program assists you in determining how long a 3M™ Gas & Vapor Respirator Cartridge and/or 3M™ Particulate Filter may be used, and includes the procedures and templates needed to document your replacement program. A replacement schedule is a required component of any respiratory protection program, as outlined in OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.134.
Program Benefits Include:
Enhanced Inventory and Safety Management
A 5-step process designed to help develop and implement a replacement plan for your workplace.
The first step is to identify the contaminants in your workplace using one of these three methods:
Analysis of Existing Data: Review existing air monitoring data to understand contaminants in your workplace. If contaminants are not known, consult material safety data sheets (MSDS) for potential airborne hazards.
Workplace Environmental Analysis & Consultant Evaluation: Once potential contaminants are identified, 3M Diffusion and Detection Monitorscan be used for certain gas or vapor contaminants to determine the average concentration level in the air. According to Rule 1070 Occupational Health and Environmental Control of Occupational Safety and Health Standards, the working environment measurement shall be performed by employer's safety and medical personnel who have adequate training and experience in working environment measurement.
In the event of inability to perform the working environment measurement, the employer shall commission the Bureau/Center for Occupational Safety and Health/Regional Labor Office concerned and other institutions accredited or recognized by the Bureau, to perform the measurement. All analyses must be conducted only by accredited laboratory.
Based on the contaminants and concentrations documented in step two, the 3M™ Select and Service Life Software and Respirator Selection Guide (PDF , 416 KB) will help determine which respirator is recommended for a given exposure situation. It includes data on 800+ chemicals, including gases, vapors and particulates.
The cartridge and filter replacement plan implements a process that helps employees replace their cartridges and filters at the appropriate time. To help establish how frequently cartridges should be replaced, visit 3M™ Select and Service Life Software. To establish filter replacement frequency, download Understanding P-Series Particulate Filters (PDF , 117 KB).
Ongoing record keeping is important for ensuring long-term protection for your workers. It also assists in purchasing and inventory management. This record-keeping template is an example that can help you collect and maintain all the necessary information.