This respiratory protection training video teaches about breathing apparatus and how to prevent inhalation of gases, vapors and particulates.
"Breathing Apparatus" DVD is a training program providing objective, in-depth information about SCBA, SAR
and air-purifying respirators.
Respiratory protection is
defined as equipment used to prevent exposure to gases, vapors and
particulates by inhalation. The two major categories of breathing
apparatus are air purifying respirators (APRs), which use ambient air
purified through a filtering element, and atmosphere supplying
respirators, which have a separate air source. APRs are commonly used
during normal workplace operations, but are not suitable for emergency
Atmosphere supplying respirators fall into
three categories: Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), Supplied
Air Respirators (SARs), and combination SCBA/SAR. Of these, SCBA
provides the highest available level of protection against airborne
contaminants and oxygen deficiency. The technology behind SCBA and other
respiratory protection is sophisticated, leading to greater protection
for the user but also requiring intensive training in the proper
selection, use and maintenance.
Apparatus" DVD discusses the different types of breathing apparatus and the
components of each, as well as safety features, capabilities and
limitations. The operation of the equipment, proper techniques for its
use, inspection procedures, and emergency operations are demonstrated.
Factors which make specific equipment appropriate or inappropriate for
particular tasks are explained.
The film teaches about hazardous
atmospheres and respiratory hazards. It stresses the need for training
in the use of equipment in simulated emergency conditions before the
user is exposed to a true emergency. Other topics covered include
donning and doffing the various types of breathing apparatus, cylinder
changeout and recharging, fit testing, open circuit versus closed
circuit SCBA, the importance of physical conditioning, maintenance of
equipment, and the special problems of hazmat incidents. Actual
demonstrations of how the components fit together and operate are
The program includes a 60-page Leaders
Guide which outlines the comprehensive training program in the
selection, use and care of breathing apparatus. Objectives of the
program, field and classroom exercises, and pre- and post-tests are
included, as well as a copy of the script for the Leaders' reference.
course will help meet the training requirements of OSHA 29 CFR
1910.120, Standard for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency
Response; OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134, Standard for Respiratory Protection; as
well as ANSI and NFPA training requirements.