Second Chance CPR utilizes the CSA Standard Z94.4 – 11 Selection, Use and Care of Respirators standard as a basis for our Respirator Training program. Our program consists of an instructor led powerpoint as well as demonstrations and Fit testing utilizing our TSI Porta Count. Each person who attends will be issued a card indicating the type, size of respirator as well as a detailed report on the Fit Testing Record. Although most jurisdictional legislation across Canada has yet to adopt the latest CSA 2011 revision of the CSA Z94.4 standard, they all reference the standard as a whole. Using the latest standard as a basis for developing and maintaining a respirator program is the simplest way to ensure you are complying with the law. CSA Z94.4 was designed to establish requirements for the selection, use and care of respirators. Furthermore, it identified the need for an effective respiratory protection program and the importance of its administration in the workplace. Its objective was to protect respirator users from any known respiratory hazards. CSAZ94.4-11 was updated in 2011 and the scope was expanded to include protection against bio-aerosols when selecting a respirator. In addition, fit testing protocols were updated, respirator interference concerns were addressed and training requirements were added and updated in this version of the standard. The respirator selection process used in CSA Z94.4-11 is based on NIOSH criteria for the testing and certification of respirators. CSA Z94.4-11 requires a written respiratory protection program to be in place where respiratory protection is used to protect workers from inhaling hazardous atmospheres.
The basic elements of a respiratory protection program are:
- hazard identification and discusses engineering controls. • exposure assessment
- education of employees on airborne hazards in the workplace; • selection of appropriate respirators;
- provision of respirator fit testing; • provision of training in the proper use of respiratory protection;
- provision of appropriate procedures for cleaning, inspecting and storing respirators;
- provision of medical surveillance for workers using respiratory protection;
- provision for evaluating the effectiveness of this program; • maintenance of training, fit testing and medical surveillance records;
- control and monitoring of external contractors performing work in environments that require the use of respiratory protection.
Employers must choose respirators based on the selection criteria:
- Respiratory protective equipment must be properly fitted to the wearer’s face.
- Employers must comply with standard when fit testing respiratory protective equipment.
- Employers must use the assigned protection factors (APFs) specified in that standard.
- Employers must develop a written code of practice governing the selection, maintenance and use of respiratory
- protective equipment.