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Background

OSHA's revised Respiratory Protection Standard replaced the respiratory protection standards adopted by OSHA in 1971 (29 CFR 1910.134 and 29 CFR 1926.103), and it applies to general industry, construction, shipyard, longshoring, and marine terminal workplaces.

The entire previous respirator standard, 29 CFR 1910.134, was redesignated as 29 CFR 1910.139 Respiratory protection for M. tuberculosis, and will continue to apply to respirator use for protection against exposure to TB until OSHA finalizes its TB standard.

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Training Materials Respirator Standard Presentation

  • Major Requirements of OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard [ PDF - 309 KB]
  • Frequently Asked Questions [ PDF - 820 KB]

  • Additional Resources

    Training Materials Additional Resources

     

    Major Requirements of OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.134

    OSHA Office of Training and Education
    Rev. December 2006
     
    Introduction (a) Permissible Practice (b) Definitions

    This paragraph contains definitions of important terms used in the regulatory text.

    (c) Respiratory Protection Program

     

    Respirator-Use Requirements Flow Chart

    (d) Selection of Respirators (e) Medical Evaluation (f) Fit Testing
    Note: If a particular OSHA standard (e.g., 29 CFR 1910.1001 Asbestos) requires the use of a full facepiece APR capable of providing protection in concentrations up to 50 times the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL), this respirator must be QNFT. This is because a protection factor of 50 (50 X PEL) multiplied by a standard safety factor of 10 is equivalent to a fit factor of 500.

    The safety factor of 10 is used because protection factors in the workplace tend to be much lower than the fit factors achieved during fit testing. The use of a safety factor is a standard practice supported by most experts to offset this limitation. This is discussed in the record at 63 FR 1225.

    (g) Use of Respirators (h) Maintenance and Care of Respirators

    Must clean and disinfect respirators using the procedures in Appendix B-2, or equally effective manufacturer's procedures at the following intervals: (i) Breathing Air Quality and Use

    Compressed breathing air shall meet the requirements for Type 1-Grade D breathing air as described in ANSI/CGA Commodity Specification for Air, G-7.1-1989.

    (j) Identification of Filters, Cartridges, and Canisters (k) Training and Information (l) Program Evaluation

    Employer must conduct evaluations of the workplace as necessary to ensure proper implementation of the program and consult with employees to ensure proper use.

    (m) Recordkeeping


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    Major Requirements of OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard PDF File (140K)

    This handout discusses the major requirements of OSHA's revised respiratory protection standard,
    29 CFR 1910.134.

    Respiratory Protection Frequently Asked Questions
    PDF File

    This handout contains frequently asked questions and answers concerning respirators. horizontal rule

    Regulatory Reference Materials

    Directives Standard Interpretations  Publications OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.134 horizontal rule

    Respiratory Standard Training Presentation - HTML Version

    Select a chart by clicking on the associated thumbnail below, or download the entire PowerPoint Presentation [PPT* - 6.8 MB].

    OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.134

    Select a chart by clicking on the associated thumbnail below, or download the entire PowerPoint Presentation [PPT* - 6.8 MB].
     
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