Respiratory Protection

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, through the Division of Safety and Compliance, Occupational Safety and Health Department (OSH), has established this Respiratory Protection Program. This program is intended to protect the health of faculty, staff, and students when effective engineering or administrative controls are not feasible or practical, or in emergency situations; and to promote compliance with state occupational safety and health standards.

A Request for Respirator Use must be submitted to OSH for any individual wanting to wear a respirator. The request will be evaluated through review of procedures, established engineering and administrative controls, and exposure monitoring. All costs associated with exposure monitoring are at the expense of the requesting unit. Upon completion of the evaluation OSH, will provide a written determination of the need for a respirator and assist in the selection of appropriate respirator protection. All Requests for Respirator Use must be submitted through the form located at