Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents|
| Standard Number:||1910; 1910.134; 1910.1000|
|OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov.|
If the employee prefers to use an approved respirator which is more protective than the one required by OSHA (e.g., use a powered air-purifying respirator in lieu of a negative pressure respirator) and the employee has been trained on the use and maintenance of this respirator, does OSHA allow the employee to purchase and use this respirator at the workplace?The response of your New York Region indicated that if a powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) is required under statutory provisions of an OSHA standard, the PAPR should be provided based on employee preference. However, if there are no statutory provisions to provide a PAPR in lieu of an air-purifying respirator, the decision to allow the use of a more protective employee-purchased and -maintained PAPR is left to the employer and/or their representatives, or both, and not by OSHA (last paragraph on page 2).
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