October 20, 2020
OSHA Vows ‘Enforcement Discretion’ For Fit Testing On Some Respirators
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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