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Department of Labor (DOL) RIN: 1218-AC29
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Title: • Abbreviated Bitrix Qualitative Fit-Testing Protocol

Abstract: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the revised standard for respiratory protection on January 8, 1998. Appendix A of this standard currently lists four challenge agents permitted for use in qualitative fit testing protocols; these include isoamyl acetate, saccharin aerosol solution, irritant smoke, and Bitrix (denatonium benzoate). The standard also includes procedures that allow parties to submit new fit testing protocols for notice-and-comment rulemaking under section 6(b)(7) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. OSHA has been requested to consider adding a new fit testing protocol that modifies the existing Bitrix protocol, and is undergoing rulemaking to seek public comment and determine whether to amend the fit testing provisions of the standard to include the proposed protocol.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL) Priority: Other Significant

RIN Status: First time published in the Unified
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage

Major: No Unfunded Mandates: No

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.134

Legal Authority: 29 USC655(b); 29 USC 657

Legal Deadline: None

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM 11/00/2007  

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Federalism: No  

Included in the Regulatory Plan: No  

Initial (Administrative Startup and /or Capital) Cost: $0 Yearly (Annual Operating) Cost: $0

Agency Contact: Dorothy Dougherty
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N3718,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-1950
FAX: 202 693-1678

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