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October 20, 2020

OSHA Vows ‘Enforcement Discretion’ For Fit Testing On Some Respirators

October 6, 2020 at 6:22 PM
OSHA is promising “enforcement discretion” to employers who cannot perform otherwise mandatory fit tests on powered respirators because of ongoing test equipment shortages, as long as the businesses make “good-faith efforts” to obtain the required supplies and reduce workers’ need to use respiratory protection gear. In a temporary enforcement guidance dated Oct. 2, acting OSHA enforcement chief Patrick J. Kapust writes that the agency will not strictly enforce initial and annual fit-testing requirements for tight-fitting powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs)...

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