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Compliance Guide Update Service October 2016


October 7


Department Of Labor


Occupational Safety and Health Administration FR 81 69740-69746 29 CFR Part 1910 Additional PortaCount Quantitive Fit-Testing: Amendment to Respiratory Protection Standard


Notice of Proposed rulemaking; Request for comments


Summary: OSHA is proposing to add two modified PortaCount® quantitative fit-testing protocols to its Respiratory Protection Standard. The proposed protocols would apply to employers in general industry, shipyard employment, and the construction industry. Both proposed protocols are variations of the existing OSHA-accepted PortaCount® protocol, but differ from it by the exercise sets, exercise duration, and sampling sequence. If approved, the modified PortaCount® protocols would be alternatives to the existing quantitative fit-testing protocols already listed in an appendix of the Respiratory Protection Standard. In addition, OSHA is proposing to amend an appendix to clarify that PortaCount® fit test devices equipped with the N95-CompanionTM Technology are covered by the approved PortaCount® protocols.


Dates: Submit comments to this proposal, including comments to the information collection (paperwork) requirements, by December 6, 2016.


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