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2055. CONTROLLED NEGATIVE PRESSURE FIT TESTING PROTOCOL: AMENDMENT TO THE FINAL RULE ON RESPIRATORY PROTECTION

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b); 29 USC 657

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.134

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: In this rulemaking, OSHA is approving an additional quantitative fit testing protocol, the controlled negative pressure (CNP)REDON fit testing protocol, for inclusion in Appendix A of its Respiratory Protection Standard. The protocol affects, in addition to general industry, OSHA respiratory protection standards for shipyard employment and construction. The Agency is adopting this protocol under the provisions contained in the Respiratory Protection Standard that allow individuals to submit evidence for including additional fit testing protocols in this standard.

The (CNP)REDON protocol requires the performance of three different test exercises followed by two redonnings of the respirator, while the CNP protocol approved previously by OSHA specifies eight test exercises, including one redonning of the respirator. In addition to amending the Standard to include the (CNP)REDON protocol, this rulemaking makes several editorial and non-substantive technical revisions to the Standard associated with the (CNP)REDON protocol and the previously approved CNP protocol.

When OSHA published the Final Respiratory Protection standard in 1998, it allowed for later rulemaking on new fit test methods. This rulemaking action incorporates the (CNP)REDON fit test method into 1910.134.


Timetable:

Action Date FR Cite

NPRM
NPRM Comment Period End
Final Rule
Final Rule Effective
06/06/03
09/04/03
08/04/04
09/03/04
68 FR 33887

69 FR 46986


Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal

Agency Contact: Steven F. Witt, Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-3718, FP Building, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-1950
Fax: 202 693-1678

RIN: 1218-AC05

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