Selecting respirators to protect the wearer from hazardous chemical gases, vapors, and dusts on the farm requires multiple steps. First, selecting the right respirator means you need to know both what the hazard is (ammonia, soil dust, pesticide) and what the concentrations are. Click on the selection guide or the button below to help you with this process.
Then, once you’ve chosen the correct respiratory protection type, you need to make sure it securely fits your face. The fit testing guide illustrates how to be fit tested to ensure the respirator fits the wearer so it actually protects against hazards.
This guide is an example of how the concentration and hazard levels determine respiratory protection while working with poultry during avian influenza outbreaks.