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OSHA relaxes fit-testing enforcement under certain circumstances

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May 9, 2020

by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

In further recognition of the short supply of protective N95 respirators for healthcare workers treating suspected or confirmed patients with COVID-19, OSHA in March relaxed enforcement of annual fit testing requirements under certain circumstances.

Those circumstances include providing workers with respirators that provide equal or higher protection than N95 medical respirators, and that initial fit testing for those respirators is still conducted to “determine if the respirator properly fits the worker and is capable of providing the expected level of protection.” The respirators must also be NIOSH-certified. 

The temporary enforcement measure is in effect until further notice. 

In further recognition of the short supply of protective N95 respirators for healthcare workers treating suspected or confirmed patients with COVID-19, OSHA in March relaxed enforcement of annual fit testing requirements under certain circumstances.



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