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Respiratory Protection

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This section highlights OSHA standards, preambles to final rules (background to final rules), and Federal Register notices (rules and proposed rules).

OSHA's revised Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134 and 29 CFR 1926.103) went into effect April 8, 1998. The final standard replaces the respiratory protection standards adopted by OSHA in 1971. The 29 CFR 1910.139 respirator standard that applied only to respiratory protection against Mycobacterium Tuberculosis was withdrawn December 31, 2003. Establishments whose respiratory protection programs for tuberculosis formerly covered under 29 CFR 1910.139 were required to adapt their programs to comply with the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.134 effective July 2, 2004.

Respiratory protection is addressed in standards specifically for the general, shipyard employment, marine terminals, longshoring, and construction industries. The respiratory protection standards for the shipyard employment (29 CFR 1915.154), marine terminals (29 CFR 1917.92), longshoring (29 CFR 1918.102), and construction industries (29 CFR 1926.103) reference the respiratory protection standard for general industry (29 CFR 1910.134).

General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
Related Information
Subpart I – Personal Protective Equipment 1910.134, Respiratory protection
Maritime (29 CFR 1915, 1917, 1918)
Related Information
1915 Subpart I – Personal Protective Equipment 1915.154, Respiratory protection
1917 Subpart E – Personal Protection 1917.92, Respiratory protection  
1918 Subpart J – Personal Protective Equipment 1918.102, Respiratory protection  
Construction (29 CFR 1926)
Related Information
Subpart E – Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment 1926.103, Respiratory protection
Other Preambles to Final Rules

Preambles to final rules explain the provisions of the final standard, describe changes that were made, discuss the Agency’s response to comments received from stakeholders, and present the rationale cited for making the changes found in the final standard, along with the cost/benefit and economic analysis supporting the final standard.

Other Federal Register Notices
State Standards

There are 28 OSHA-approved State Plans, operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.

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