Respiratory Protection


This OSHA-regulated program covers selection, training, medical clearance, and respirator fit testing for personnel required to wear respirators for protection from occupational hazards. 

See the Duke Respiratory Protection Policy in the Safety Manual.

Medical Clearance Forms

Download a site-specific Medical Clearance Form.

Site-Specific Respiratory Protection Policies

View your site-specific respiratory protection policy.

Wearing Respiratory Protection


Fit test sessions for N95 respirators used to protect against TB, SARS/COVID, or other airborne pathogens are listed on Employee Occupational Health and Wellness’ website at: https://hr.duke.edu/wellness/eohw.

For any other respirator use, contact:
        Occupational Hygiene and Safety
See this map for our location.

Voluntary Respirator Use

Wearing a respirator for “comfort” reasons (as opposed to a documented hazard) is considered voluntary, and is subject to the Voluntary Use of Respiratory Protection policy.

For more information, see the Voluntary Respirator Use at Duke guide for employees.

Laboratory Respirator Use

For more information about using respirators in laboratories, see:
        Respirator Use in Labs
For information regarding lab animal allergies and respirator use, visit:
        Preventing Laboratory Animal Allergy at Duke

Replacement respirators and parts ordering information

3M Versaflo Ordering Information

Other Resources

OSHA Safety and Health Topics: Respiratory Protection
CDC/NIOSH Information for Respirator Users
OSHA Technical Manual Section VIII: Chapter 2 – Respiratory Protection
Video: The Difference between Respirators and Surgical Masks
CDC/NIOSH Infographic: Understanding the Difference (Surgical Masks, N95 Respirators and Elastomeric Half Facepiece Respirators)
Facial Hairstyles and Filtering Facepiece Respirators