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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a final rule that provides employers with two new fit testing protocols for ensuring that employees’ respirators fit properly. The rule became effective September 26, 2019. The new protocols are the modified ambient aerosol condensation nuclei counter (CNC) quantitative fit testing protocol for full-face piece and half-mask elastomeric respirators, and the modified ambient aerosol CNC quantitative fit testing protocol for filtering face piece respirators. More information on these testing protocols can be found by clicking this link: Appendix A of OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard.

OSHA has also finalized its June 27, 2017 proposal to revise the beryllium standards for construction and shipyards. On September 30, 2019, OSHA announced that it opted not to implement the proposal to revoke all of the standards’ ancillary provisions. However, it extended the compliance dates for the ancillary provisions to September 2020 to account for OSHA’s new proposal to revise or remove specific provisions and maintain enforcement of the permissible exposure limit with regards to beryllium. To read more on the final rule, click here.

Please contact Joseph Spitzzeri, Joseph Carini or Katie Gorrie should you have any OSHA or construction related issues or questions.

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