WASHINGTON (July 9, 2003) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed rule designed to prevent about 4,000 injuries and illnesses and some 900 deaths from respiratory hazards in the workplace.
The proposed rules include new fit testing procedures and incorporate new Assigned Protection Factors (APFs) for respiratory protection programs, OSHA said.
“It's critical that workers and employers select respirators that will protect users against over-exposures and adverse health effects,” said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. “These proposed additions will assist employers and employees in fit testing respirators and properly selecting respirators based on the conditions in their workplace.”
OSHA plans to hold a hearing on the proposed rule in August or September, the administration said.
Bob Redding, Washington representative for the Automotive Service Association (ASA), said it is reviewing the proposed rules and will submit formal comments to OSHA.
“This will impact ASA members, especially those in collision repair,” he said in a statement.