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Trade News Release
May 16, 2008
Contact: Office of Communications
Phone: (202) 693-1999

OSHA requests comments on the Proposed Guidance on Workplace Stockpiling of Respirators and Facemasks for Pandemic Influenza

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is inviting comments from the public on the Proposed Guidance on Workplace Stockpiling of Respirators and Facemasks for Pandemic Influenza document. The Request for Comments was published in the May 9 Federal Register. OSHA is accepting comments until July 8, 2008.

"This proposed guidance supplements the existing document Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic released last year," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "We want to assist employers in equipping their workplaces with protective devices so that their employees remain safe and healthy in the event of an influenza pandemic."

The Proposed Guidance offers private sector and government employers with recommendations and a method for calculating workplace stockpiling needs for respirators and facemasks. This allows employers to better protect their employees and reduce the impact of a pandemic.

The public may submit comments electronically at, the Federal e-rulemaking Portal. If submitting by regular mail, hand delivery or courier service, include three copies of your comments and attachments to the OSHA Docket Office, Docket No. OSHA-2008-0005, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20210; telephone 202-693-2350. Comments and attachments not exceeding 10 pages may be faxed to the OSHA Docket Office at 202-693-1648.

For further information, contact Andrew Levinson, acting director for the Office of Biological Hazards at 202-693-1950.

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