N-95 respirators, PAPR units and related supplies should be reserved for personnel who absolutely need them.
Who needs to wear a respirator on campus?
- Personnel who have direct/ patient- facing contact with confirmed or suspect COVID-19 patients
- Some personnel who are working with SARS- CoV-2 in laboratories (engineering controls are preferred but additional respiratory protection may be required in some cases).
- Other personnel whose jobs already dictate the need for respiratory protection
- Not sure? Ask your PI, Supervisor/ Manager and EHS. A risk assessment will be conducted.
If a risk assessment is completed and you do need to wear a respirator, EHS will assist in procuring supplies to ensure that they are appropriate for the task and that they are coming from a trusted source.
Each specific type/ model and size of respirator requires a fit test and medical evaluation prior to use. EHS will help coordinate fit testing either on or off-site.
UNMC Respiratory Protection PlanAdditional Resources:
UNMC HEROES - Personal Protective Equipment Video Library
Nebraska Medicine - Personal Protective Equipment Resources
CDC Respiratory Fit Test Requirements
OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard 1910.134