OSHA respirator program requirements: how does your program measure up?
Doney-B; Groce-D; Day-B; Bang-KM; Greskevitch-M
J Prot Coat Linings 2005 Jun; (6):66-72
The findings of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)/ Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Survery of Respirator Use and Practices (1) raise sobering questions regarding respirator usage practices within U.S. industry as compared to Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) regulations (2) and NIOSH recommendations. (3) This article focuses on information from the survery for companies in Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) 17, Construction - Special Trade Contractors, (4) which includes many members of the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC). The report also describes findings from focus groups (conducted by NIOSH and the SSPC) regarding respiratory protection. (5) From this information you will gain an understanding of (a) respiratory usage practices in companies such as yours, and how the practices compare to OSHA regulations and NIOSH recommendations, and (b) where your company stands with regard to respiratory protection. If after reviewing the OSHA regulations, NIOSH recommendations, and findings in this article, you find your respiratory protection program lacking in certain respects, you may wish to make contact with the parties listed below in the "Recommendations."
Respirators; Respiration; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Respiratory-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Surveillance
Brent Doney, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505
Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings