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Respiratory Protection

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OSHA’s Respiratory Protection
Requirements During the
COVID-19 Pandemic

In light of the Presidential Memorandum on making general use respirators available for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, OSHA has issued temporary enforcement guidance for the Respiratory Protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134). For more information see the Enforcement Memoranda section of OSHA’s COVID-19 Safety and Health Topics page.

Danger sign regarding a respirator being required and a Caution sign in English/Spanish noting wear your respirator

The Respiratory Protection Standard (1910.134) is usually one of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of workplaces by OSHA. This section highlights the most commonly used OSHA directives (instructions to OSHA staff) and letters of interpretation (official letters of interpretation of the standards) related to respiratory protection, which can assist employers in better complying with the Respiratory Protection Standard.

Compliance Directives

Written statements of the Agency’s policies and procedures regarding a specific topic that provide instructions for compliance officers conducting inspections):

Letters of Interpretation

Supplementary guidance that clarifies the application of an established Agency policy or procedure.

Additional Information
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