Revises Respiratory Protection Standards
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced
that it is incorporating new assigned protection factors (APFs)
for respiratory protection programs.
APFs are numbers that indicate the level of work place respiratory
protection that a respirator or class of respirators is expected
to provide to employees when used as part of an effective respiratory
protection program. An APF table is being included in the final
standard to guide employers in the selection of air-purifying, powered
air-purifying, supplied-air (or airline respirator), and self-contained
breathing apparatus (SCBA) respirators.
The APF final rule completes the revision of the reserve sections
of OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard as published in 1998;
with this addition, the Respiratory Protection Standard will now
contain provisions necessary for a comprehensive respiratory protection
program, including selection and use of respirators, training, medical
evaluation, and fit testing.
"This standard helps employers and employees select the right
respirator for the job," said assistant secretary of labor
for OSHA, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "And with the right respirator
employees will have adequate protection to be safe and healthy at
OSHA's final respiratory standard on APFs will be published in the
Aug. 24, 2006 Federal Register.
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