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Classes beginning at 4pm today on the WKU Bowling Green campus are canceled. ALL Thursday and Friday classes on all campuses are also canceled. Online classes will proceed as scheduled. WKU offices will be closed on Thursday, with essential personnel reporting.

WKU Owensboro closed at noon today (Wed., 3/4).

WKU Glasgow evening classes that begin at 5 pm today will be canceled and the WKU Glasgow campus will close at 7 pm.

WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox campus will close today at 3 pm and will remain closed Thurs., Fri, and Sat., March 5-7.

Should inclement weather make travel hazardous, residence halls will remain open until Saturday. Follow WKU Housing & Residence Life for updates.

The high school regional basketball tournament games scheduled for tonight have been canceled. Games will be rescheduled for Friday/Saturday. Follow WKU News for the latest updates. #WKUAlert

Environmental Health and Safety - Respiratory Protection

Respiratory Protection

A respirator is a personal device that  is used to protect the respiratory tract from being exposed to an inhalation hazard.  These hazards may include airborne particles, infectious agents, mists, sprays, gases, or vapors. Respirators are only to be used if the hazard can not be eliminated through either engineering control measures or work practice controls are inadequate or not feasible.

Wearers of respirators must be medically approved before using a respirator. Respirators put a burden on the heart , may restrict breathing ability, and with some respirators they can cause claustrophobia.  Each of these conditions may adversely affect the health of some employees who wear respirators. 

It is important that respirators are carefully selected for the contaminant,  are inspected and cleaned regularly,  are maintained properly and replaced when necessary.  Users must be fitted with the respirator that will be used and trained on their use, limits, and care. 


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 Last Modified 9/25/14