Monday, April 6, 2009

Respirator Selection

WASHINGTON -- Assigned Protection Factors (APF), a new guidance document published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), provides employers with vital information for selecting respirators for employees exposed to contaminants in the air. OSHA revised its existing Respiratory Protection standard in 2006 and on April 1, 2009 has released this mandatory document to assist employers with proper selection of a respirator.

"Proper respirator selection prevents exposure to hazardous contaminants and is an important component of an effective respiratory protection program," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Donald G. Shalhoub. "This guidance document serves as another useful resource for protecting the health and safety of workers at risk for respiratory illnesses."

The Respiratory Protection standard requires fit testing, medical evaluations, specific respirator safety training and proper respirator use. The standard applies to general industry, construction, longshoring, shipyard and marine terminal workplaces. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. Visit this website for free OSHA information.

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