The Top 10 list of OHSA’s most-frequently cited violations for fiscal year 2015 has been posted and Respiratory Protection is ranked at #4 with more than 3,600 violations this year.
OSHA standard 1910.134 guides employers in establishing and maintaining a respiratory protection program with specific requirements for program administration, respirator selection, employee training, fit testing and more.
According to an article posted in Safety and Health Magazine, the top five standards cited are as follows:
- Medical evaluation general requirements
- Establishing and implementing a written respiratory protection program
- Fit testing prior to first use, whenever a different face piece is used, and annually
- Permitting employees to use their own respirators
- Identifying and evaluating respiratory hazards
Employers who want to avoid being cited for an OSHA violation need to be proactive in their respiratory protection programs – starting with establishing and implementing one.
“We continue to encourage employers to abate hazards before an OSHA inspection and, more importantly, before a worker gets hurt,” says deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Activities, Patrick Kapust.
If you’re looking for a respirator fit test system that complies with OSHA standards, you might consider using the TSI PortaCount Pro quantitative respirator fit test system.
The PortaCount Pro measures respirator fit while the user performs a series of moving, breathing, and talking exercises that simulate the same movements they would normally make in the field. And with no Saccharin or Bitrex to taste, it eliminates the guesswork associated with tedious and error-prone qualitative fit test methods.
No other system can quantitatively fit test so many types of respirators—gas masks, SCBAs, full and half-face respirators, even disposables (for fit testing N95 disposable respirators, see PortaCount Pro+ Model 8038).
Need help preparing for your tests? Check out these training videos, each focusing on a key function of your mask fit testing process, from startup to reporting.
Learn more about respirator fit testing
- Read the OSHA 1910.134 specification
- TSI PortaCount Pro series quantitative respirator fit test systems
- Other posts about respirator fit testing
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