Respiratory Protection Training

In Person / Zoom Respirator Training
Think Ahead

Preregistration is required for all in person (or Zoom) training. Class sizes are limited. See individual training types for contact and registration information.

Online Retraining

Online retraining is done through your Canvas dashboard. CaseID and password are required for use with the Canvas system to access online training modules. If you lack an ID and password, call Chemical Safety at 216.368.2907. For Radiation and Laser Training, call Radiation Safety at 216.368.2906.

This training will allow respirator users to understand: 

  • The different types of respiratory protection;
  • Where and when respirators are used; 
  • What requirements must be met in order to wear one;
  • Limitations of your respirator;
  • How to properly put on and take of the respirator; and 
  • How to maintain the respirator.

Who Should Train?

Employees or students who must wear a respirator during the course of their employment/study. This includes medical students applying for an away rotation. For full-face and half-face cartridge respirator use, call Environmental Health and Safety at 216.368.2907.


These steps must be completed in order to receive your respirator certification:


Medical Clearance

You must first obtain medical clearance to wear a respirator from CWRU Health Services. To be approved, print the OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire, fill it out, and submit it to CWRU Health Services (located in the Health Service building at 2145 Adelbert Road). Approval may take up to a week.  If you cannot deliver the questionnaire in person, contact University Health Services at 216.368.2450  to set up an E-Submission through their portal.  Do not submit your Medical Questionnaire to EHS.


Upon EHS receiving your completed medical clearance form (1st page of the OSHA medical questionnaire), signed by a health care professional from University Health Services, an invitation to take the OSHA respirator training through Canvas will be emailed to the individual seeking respirator certification.  You may send a copy of the completed medical clearance form (1st page of the OSHA questionnaire) directly to to expedite receiving your invitation to take the Canvas course.

Fit Test

Once the training is complete you may sign up for a fit test using the google doc link here.  Please type your name next to the desired time for the day you wish to be fit tested.  Fit testing will take place at EHS.

Fit-tests will not be performed on individuals who are not clean shaven in the area of the respirator seal. If the individual fails to meet these parameters, they will have to reschedule a time to come back for fit-testing when they are clean shaven.