Training and Hazard Controls Combine to Protect RPL Workers With Failed Respirators
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland WA), Richland, WA (PNNL)

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Respiratory Protection

Three staff members were preparing to perform work at the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory in May, 2015, while using Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs). One of the staff members PAPRs failed; the three immediately exited the lab and notified management. All work with PAPRs was stopped until an investigation could be completed. Lessons Learned: Worker skill and training combined to protect them in a potentially hazardous situation. Worker Safety and Health has followed up with the PAPR manufacturer and provided respirator users with detailed instructions on how to perform pre-inspections on respirators.

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