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OSHA Respiratory Protection Standards 29 CFR 1910.134
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Table of Contents for 29 CFR Standard "1910.134"

bullet[10/13/1998] Respiratory Protection Standard: Interim Enforcement Policy.
bullet[02/11/1998] Use of dust respirators below permissible exposure limits.
bullet[10/22/1997] Conditions where OSHA might accept a product that is not approved by NIOSH.
bullet[10/03/1996] Inquiry on beards, respirator use, and fit testing of repirators.
bullet[09/11/1996] Voluntary safety and health audits under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
bullet[02/15/1996] Does OSHA require monthly inspections for escape respirators when the respirators are not within the hazardous locations?
bullet[01/17/1996] The use of respirators with beards.
bullet[12/04/1995] Clarification of the requirements of the Respiratory Protection Standard.
bullet[09/20/1995] Appropriateness of using Mag-1 Eyewear eyeglass holders with full face piece respirators and self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
bullet[09/07/1994] Clarification regarding OSHA regulations on respirator use.
bullet[07/11/1994] Respirator use of spray operations involving paints containing isocyanates.
bullet[03/09/1994] Regulations governing the amount of oxygen the air must contain if air-purifying respirators are used for worker protection.
bullet[02/23/1994] Storage of flammable and/or combustible liquids.
bullet[06/17/1993] Pulmonary function testing training requirements and spirometer transmission of disease.
bullet[03/04/1993] Respiratory protection using single-use dust masks.
bullet[03/04/1993] Respiratory protection for comfort use in environments not exceeding OSHA PEL or STEL standards.
bullet[10/28/1992] Requirements for breathing air for supplied-air respirators.
bullet[10/20/1992] Respirator fit-test requirements.
bullet[09/01/1992] South Carolina's regulatory procedures for single-use respirators.
bullet[03/05/1992] Disposable respirators.
bullet[09/06/1991] Pulmonary Function Tests for employees who must wear respirators.
bullet[02/15/1991] Respirator usage when spraying paints containing isocyanates.
bullet[12/07/1990] Quantitative fit testing of respirators with system which uses naturally occurring particulate
bullet[09/25/1990] Dust exposure for Postal employees
bullet[06/11/1990] Respirator rules as applied to open hatch gauging of sour crude oil storage tanks.
bullet[06/04/1990] NIOSH eliminates maximum use concentrations (MUC) labeling requirement for Chemical Cartridge Respirators
bullet[05/04/1990] The use of contact lenses within full-face respirators.
bullet[05/01/1990] Respirators required during initial hazardous waste site entry
bullet[04/20/1990] Respiratory protection requirements for airborne silica including respirator fit testing requirements.
bullet[04/11/1990] Standards applicable where respiratory protection is not required but employees wear respirators on their own accord.
bullet[02/15/1990] Clarification to the International Association of Firefighters concerning the use of SCBAs for protecting employees with beards.
bullet[01/10/1990] Use of Air-Purifying Respirators In Dangerous Concentrations of Gases Or Vapors
bullet[05/16/1988] Facial hair and respiratory protection.
bullet[02/08/1988] Answers to questions regarding respiratory protection under the asbestos, lead, and respiratory protection standards.
bullet[02/08/1988] Contact Lenses used with respirators
bullet[11/18/1987] Prohibition of beards for respirators.
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09/15/1987 - Respiratory protection compliance responsibility for contract workers and visitors.
 
 
10/16/1998 - Questions and answers reguarding the respiratory protection standard.
 
 
11/01/1995 - The interpretation of the OSHA standards 1910.134 and 1910.156 which address the requirements for workers who are actively conducting operations in atmospheres that are immediately dangerous to life a
 
 
03/03/1986 - Alarm requirements for breathing air compressors; Respirators for paint materials containing TDI or MDI; Full facepiece respirators are required when eye irritation is experienced.
 
 
04/14/1993 - Respiratory protection as it relates to oil fields.
 
 
04/12/1996 - Confined spaces: use of rescue-type SCBAs; maintenance vs. construction
 
 
01/15/1999 - Comparing medical evaluation requirements in the HAZWOPER, Respiratory protection, and Fire brigades standards.
 
 
12/08/1998 - Enforcement policy for abrasive-blasting respiratory protection under the Lead in Construction Interim Final Rule.
 
 
08/05/1993 - Post-emergency response and medical surveillance requirements of HAZWOPER.
 
 
06/13/1996 - Respirator Concerns.
 
 
06/11/1990 - Respirator rules as applied to open hatch gauging of sour crude oil storage tanks.
 
 
02/23/1994 - Storage of flammable and/or combustible liquids.
 
 
04/18/1996 - The Use of the Bullard "Free Air" Pump.
 
 
10/03/1996 - Inquiry on beards, respirator use, and fit testing of repirators.
 
 
10/13/1998 - Respiratory Protection Standard: Interim Enforcement Policy.
 
 
03/31/1997 - Additional Enforcement Policy Change for Respiratory Protection Required for Abrasive Blasting.
 
 
11/13/1984 - Acceptable respirators for exposure to ethylene oxide; Acceptable respirators for exposure to ethylene oxide.
 
 
04/25/1989 - Respiratory protection requirements for sour crude oil tank operations.
 
 
04/08/1999 - Preemption of respiratory protection standard by DOT's Office of Pipeline Safety regulations.
 
 
09/04/1996 - Entry into a confined space when the lower flammable limit is greater than ten percent.
 
 
10/22/1997 - Conditions where OSHA might accept a product that is not approved by NIOSH.
 
 
08/27/1999 - Appendix A requirements and techniques for fit testing respirators.
 
 
11/16/1998 - When to use qualitative or quantitative fit testing; storing SCBAs on fire trucks.
 
 
06/17/1993 - Pulmonary function testing training requirements and spirometer transmission of disease.
 
01/29/1991 - The intervals between physical examinations for employees performing interior structural firefighting. 
01/26/1993 - Hierarchy of air contaminant controls; respirators for emergencies.
 
 
09/07/1994 - Clarification regarding OSHA regulations on respirator use.
 
 
09/20/1995 - Appropriateness of using Mag-1 Eyewear eyeglass holders with full face piece respirators and self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
 
 
12/02/1998 - Employee declination of medical evaluation; religious exemptions for respirator use.
 
 
01/17/1986 - Standard for exposure to tetrahydrofuran; Respirators may be worn only if engineering and administrative controls are not feasible.
 
 
04/08/1986 - Use of the Bureau of Mines approved respirator canister for protection against phosphine.
 
 
04/15/1986 - The use of disposable respirators where cotton dust concentration is no greater than five times the PEL.
 
 
03/09/1995 - Employees in a cotton yarn manufacturing plant who voluntarily wear cloth over their mouths and noses to prevent lint from sticking to their skin.
 
 
05/15/1996 - Variance exposure level for silver metal.
 
 
01/15/1999 - When to use quantitative and qualitative fit testing.
 
 
07/18/1996 - Incipient stage fire brigades.
 
 
09/11/1996 - Voluntary safety and health audits under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
 
 
10/05/1998 - Medical evaluation requirements under the respiratory protection standard.
 
 
08/13/1999 - 1910.134(i) does not apply to portable breathing air compressors.
 
 
11/02/1998 - Fit testing positive pressure supplied air respirators.
 
 
07/11/1994 - Respirator use of spray operations involving paints containing isocyanates.
 
 
05/06/1982 - Negative pressure respirators unacceptable for isocyanate paints.
 
 
01/18/1984 - Workers cannot sign a release so they can wear a respirator with a beard.
 
 
02/21/1985 - Facial hair and the wearing of respirators.
 
 
04/07/1987 - Use of eyeglass inserts or spectacle kits inside respirator full facepieces.
 
 
04/21/1986 - The M-17 gas mask may not be used by workers other than enlisted military personnel.
 
 
08/20/1991 - Training requirements of Hazwoper for various functions.
 
 
09/01/1992 - South Carolina's regulatory procedures for single-use respirators.
 
 
12/30/1991 - OSHA's jurisdiction over volunteer fire fighters.
 
12/27/1994 - Review of Manual for training personnel engaged in oil spill emergency response.
  
03/05/1999 - Medical evaluations must be performed prior to fit testing.
 
 
12/23/1998 - Clarification of respirator costs, annual training, and "effective" seal checks.
 
 
07/03/1995 - Interpretation of the Personal Protective Equipment standard.
 
 
10/15/1981 - Del-Monox air purifiers are unacceptable for testing carbon monoxide concentration for compressor breathing air.
 
 
03/29/1985 - Facial hair and respirator wearing.
 
 
02/11/1987 - Information on Hydro Carbide Tungsten, otherwise known as cemented tungsten carbide with colbalt binder.
 
 
03/24/1987 - Acceptance of closed-circuit self-contained breathing apparatus for firefighting.
 
 
04/24/1986 - Couplings used in supplied air respirator systems.
 
 
11/19/1985 - Application of the Hazard Communication standard to gray and ductile iron castings.
 
 
05/01/1990 - Respirators required during initial hazardous waste site entry
 
 
06/04/1991 - Training required for emergency response at industrial facilities
 
 
06/29/1992 - Definition of an emergency response.
 
 
07/17/1991 - 1910.120 Application to Petroleum Product Spills or Releases Subject to State Codes
 
 
07/28/1992 - Spray painting relating to vehicle maintenance operations.
 
 
04/25/1994 - Breathing air: testing and carbon monoxide alarm.
 
 
12/02/1991 - Hazwoper training in hospitals.
 
 
08/24/1994 - Application of OSHA's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standard to employers of news media personnel who are covering emergency response incidents.
 
 
01/04/1999 - Respiratory protection: editing the medical questionnaire; medical questionnaire not always required.
 
 
02/05/1999 - Using a "generic type" certificate of analysis for Grade D breathing air.
 
 
05/15/1997 - Permissible Exposure Limits for Nuisance dust.
 
 
03/12/1999 - Complying with the "two-in, two-out" policy for interior structural firefighting.
 
 
04/29/1998 - Two-in/two-out procedure in firefighting/IDLH environments.
 
 
04/12/1999 - Frequency of fit-testing for respirators to protect against M. tuberculosis exposure.
 
 
07/01/1997 - NIOSH approved respirator during the period of an employee's escape from a chemical release of phosgene.
09/04/1996 - Belt mounted filtration unit used with any NIOSH approved supplied-air respirator. 
10/16/1998 - Conduct of respiratory protection medical evaluations by medical technicians.
 
 
11/13/1998 - Two-in/two-out rule for interior structural fire fighting.
 
 
12/15/1998 - Respiratory protecton standard two-in/two-out policy.
 
 
12/22/1998 - Clarification of the respiratory protection medical evaluation.
 
 
06/13/1990 - Ventilation for an anhydrous ammonia refrigeration system.
 
 
01/10/1990 - Use of Air-Purifying Respirators In Dangerous Concentrations of Gases Or Vapors
 
 
01/24/1980 - Carbon Monoxide Alarm/Monitoring at Abrasive Blasting Operations.
 
 
04/08/1986 - MSDS requirements for non-domestic shipments.
 
 
12/22/1983 - Paragraph (a)(2) applies to respirators provided for emergency use.
 
 
11/15/1985 - Use of Bureau of Mines Approved Gas Mask Canisters
 
 
03/01/1989 - Respiratory Protection for Mercury and Chlorine
 
 
05/08/1992 - Interface of 1910.120 and other standards.
 
 
09/11/1989 - Application of 1910.120 to post-emergency clean-up operations including oil spill clean-ups.
 
 
11/03/1989 - Exhaust air in spray operations.
 
 
04/16/1996 - Job requiring respiratory protection.
 
 
04/02/1997 - OSHA standard for rung spacing on fixed industrial ladders and PPE in powered industrial vehicle battery changing.
 
 
01/02/1999 - Clarification of a PLHCP under the Respiratory protection standard.
 
 
01/04/1999 - The grimace step in respiratory protection fit-testing procedures.
 
 
10/01/1999 - Respirators for voluntary use and cleaning respirators during fit testing.
 
 
11/11/1998 - Assessing hazards to select eye and respiratory protection.
 
 
12/07/1998 - Respiratory protection for anhydrous ammonia storage installations.
 
 
08/30/1995 - Interim interpertation concerning Type-CE respirators used in abrasive blasting that are manufactured by the E.D. Bullard Company, Models 77 and 88.
 
 
06/10/1991 - Training required for clean-up of hazardous waste and hazardous substances
 
 
12/09/1996 - Issuance of and paying for Personal Protective Equipment.