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A respirator cartridge change schedule outlines how often cartridges should be replaced and what information was relied upon to make this judgment. A cartridge's useful service life varies based on many factors, and once exceeded, no longer provides adequate protection. Despite regulatory requirements to develop a respirator cartridge change schedule, some users may rely on taste, smell, or irritation of gases or vapors coming through the cartridge.
The webinar explains how gas/vapor cartridges work and different methods of estimating cartridge service life and will help you develop a respirator cartridge change schedule so you can prevent potential exposures and meet regulatory requirements.
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
- Estimate respirator cartridge service life based upon workplace conditions and worker activities.
- Develop cartridge change schedules that comply with applicable local regulations.
- Implement cartridge change schedules that are easy for workers to remember.
- Limit cartridge reuse based on potential migration of organic vapors during storage.
Erik Johnson, CIH is a Technical Service Specialist with the Personal Safety Division of 3M Company. He has worked for the past 20+ years with this division. His current responsibilities include product development and stewardship, technical writing, and public speaking. Previously his focus was technical service for the Asia/Pacific region.
Erik holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physics from St. Olaf College and a Masters Degree in Public Health with emphasis in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Minnesota.
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