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| Standard Number:||1910.134(g)(1)(i)|
Honorable James T. Broyhill
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Congressman Broyhill:
Thank you for your letter of November 17, 1983, on behalf of your constituent, Mr. Paul Abernathy, regarding shaving beards to wear respiratory protection equipment.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a standard on
respiratory protection which employers are required to follow when their
employees must wear respirators (29 CFR 1910.134). This standard states in
"Respirators shall not be worn when conditions prevent a good
face seal. Such conditions may be a growth of beard...."
[(g)(1) Facepiece seal protection.
(i) The employer shall not permit respirators with
tight-fitting facepieces to be worn by employees who have:
(A) Facial hair that comes between the sealing surface of the facepiece and the face or that interferes with valve function; or
(B) Any condition that interferes with the face-to-facepiece seal or valve function.]
We hope this information will be helpful to you in responding to your constituent. If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
R. Leonard Vance, Ph.D.
Health Standards Programs
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