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    Title: TB and Respiratory Protection (Continued)
    Type: Text Slide
    Content: Covered establishments must comply with 29 CFR 1910.134 when using respirators for protection from TB.

    Speaker Notes: Respiratory protection for TB was formerly covered under 29 CFR 1910.139. This standard was withdrawn on 12/31/03. At that time, establishments whose respiratory protection programs for TB were formerly covered under 29 CFR 1910.139 were required to adapt their programs to comply with the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.134. Since the withdrawal made compliance with 1910.134 effective immediately, OSHA decided to delay enforcement of several portions of 29 CFR 1910.134 until July 2, 2004 for covered establishments to allow employers time to come into compliance.

    The delay in enforcement applied only to respiratory protection used for protection used for protection from TB and did not apply to respirators used for protection from other bioaerosols which may be found in patient setting such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Health care facilities that had employees exposed to any other airborne contaminants requiring respirator protection were already required to have a respiratory protection program that was in compliance with 1910.134.

    Effective July 2, 2004, covered establishments must comply with 1910.134 when using respirators for protection from TB.