Each year, OSHA compiles a list of the top 10 most cited violations that compliance safety and health officers see on their site visits. Respiratory protection may make an environment temporarily suitable for occupancy when contaminated, but using the wrong equipment is a recipe for disaster!
#4 Respiratory Protection
The following aspects of the Respiratory Protection standard are the most commonly cited by OSHA for the 2018 fiscal year:
A medical evaluation is to be performed for an employee before they're fit tested or wear a respirator 1910.134(e)(1)
In a workplace where respirators are required, a written respiratory protection program with work-site specific procedures must be implemented and maintained 1910.134(c)(1)
Employees must be fit tested before wearing a respirator or when changing to a new respirator, as well as annually after this first test 1910.134(f)(2)
Employees may use respirators voluntarily or provide their own, but the employer must determine that this respirator will not contribute to the hazard level 1910.134(c)(2)(I)
Advisory information from Appendix D will be provided in some written fashion to employees 1910.134(k)(6). In order to avoid these citations, a proper respiratory protection program must be implemented and maintained.
Always have an employee medically evaluated before fit testing, then fit test, then allow respirator use. This will avoid any adverse health reactions to being in a respirator.
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