Durability + Design
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site

 

D+D News

Main News Page


OSHA Issues Respirator Selection Details

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Comment | More

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued Assigned Protection Factors for the Revised Respiratory Protection Standard (OSHA 3352-02 2009), a detailed guide to respirator selection. The publication includes explanations of Assigned Protection Factors and Maximum Use Concentrations, per OSHA’s 2006 Revised Respiratory Protection Standard; it does not alter or determine standards or compliance responsibilities.

The guide is for employers who need to establish and implement a respiratory protection program. It follows OSHA’s 2006 revision of its Respiratory Protection standard to add definitions and requirements for APFs and MUCs. (See 63 FR 1152; 29 CFR 1910.134; 71 FR 50122, August 24, 2006.)

The document focuses on the mandatory selection provisions of the APFs and MUCs and their role in the overall Respiratory Protection standard. The final APFs provide employers with critical information to use when selecting respirators for employees exposed to atmospheric contaminants found in industry.

This guide answers these questions:

• What are Assigned Protection Factors (APFs)?

• What are Maximum Use Concentrations (MUCs)?

• How to Use APFs and MUCs?

The final Respiratory Protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134 and 29 CFR 1926.103) applies to general industry, construction, long shoring, shipyard and marine terminal workplaces.

The Agency developed the final APFs after thoroughly reviewing the available literature, including workplace protection factor studies, comments submitted to the record, and hearing testimony.

This publication provides a general overview of a particular standards-related topic. Because interpretations and enforcement policy may change over time, the reader should consult current administrative interpretations and decisions by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and the courts for additional guidance on OSHA compliance requirements.

The guide is available at http://www.osha.gov/Publications/3352-APF-respirators.html and to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 693-1999; teletypewriter (TTY) number: 1-877-889-5627.

   

Tagged categories: Certifications and standards; OSHA; OSHA

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Advertisements
 
Pratt & Lambert Paints
 
Trusted Performance with Proven Results
 
Pratt & Lambert’s finest, Accolade® Premium Paint & Primer, applies flawlessly with superb hide and long-lasting durability for great results, every time.
 

 
RCI, Inc.
 
RCI Building Envelope Technology Symposium
 
November 13-14, 2017 | Orlando, Florida | Learn valuable design and repair insights from 20 leading design experts. RCI, Inc. is an AIA LU provider. Learn more.
 

 
CONSTRUCT (by CSI)
 
Free Expo Pass to CONSTRUCT 2017
 
CONSTRUCT is the only dedicated national trade show and educational conference for the commercial building teams that spec and source building products. CONSTRUCT links thousands of industry leaders to procure real-world, practical knowledge for building success.
 

 
PPG Paints
 
PURE PERFORMANCE® Interior Latex Paint
 
PPG PAINTS™ Pure Performance interior latex paint delivers a durable finish. Its zero-VOC,* low-odor formula makes it ideal for schools, hotels, hospitals, office buildings, retail spaces, home residences and more. *Colorants added to this base paint may increase VOC level significantly depending on color choice.
 

 
A&I Coatings
 
Vitreflon – the hallmark of colour stable protective coatings
 
Vitreflon two pack fluoropolymer coatings display unsurpassed colour and gloss retention making Vitreflon the coating of choice for high value infrastructure and architecture. Contact us today to find out how Vitreflon can outperform on your next project. Vitreflon distributorships available.
 

 
Atlas Material Testing Technology
 
Helping You Put Your Products To The Test
 
  • Outdoor Accelerated Weathering
  • Laboratory Testing Services
  • Accelerated Weathering Instruments

  • www.atlas-mts.com
    atlas.info@ametek.com
 

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@durabilityanddesign.com


The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 

© Copyright 2012-2017, Technology Publishing Co., All rights reserved