4 March 2020
OSHA has a Respiratory Protection Standard that deals with respirators just as it has a Bloodborne Pathogens Standard that deals with exposure to blood and certain other body fluids. The N95 is the basic workhorse for healthcare applications for airborne biological pathogens. N95s differ from masks, because N95s are designed to seal tightly against the user’s face, while masks are not so designed. The Respiratory Protection Standard requires the following whenever the use of N95s is required:
This paper provides a roadmap to how to comply with those five requirements.
What is a Filtering Facepiece Particulate Respirator?
How can you comply with each of OSHA’s five requirements?
Written Respiratory Protection Program
Qualified Administrator (QA)
Annual Fit Testing
What about Voluntary Use?
OSHA does, however, require the employer, in such situations, to provide the worker with a copy of Appendix D to the Respiratory Protection Standard. A copy of Appendix D is available from Stericycle. Be aware, however, that when respirator use is required, employers cannot use the voluntary exception to avoid developing a written respiratory protection program, appointing a qualified administrator, obtaining medical clearance for employees who will use the respirators, or providing annual training and annual fit testing.
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