This topic covers OSHA’s respiratory protection rules (29 CFR 1910.134).
Occupational diseases can be caused by contaminated air and must be controlled using accepted engineering controls, which include enclosure or confinement of the operation, general and local ventilation, and substitution of less toxic materials. Where controls are not in place or are not feasible, respirators must be used by employees. Workplaces with respirators must establish a written respiratory protection program that includes employee training, medical evaluations, and fit-testing procedures.
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