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OSHA posts resource for respirator use in small businesses

A new publication will help small businesses to better understand respiratory protection regulation, according to an October 17 OSHA announcement.

Small Entity Compliance Guide for Respiratory Protection Standard [1] provides a comprehensive step-by-step guide, complete with checklists and commonly asked questions, that will aid both employers and workers in small businesses, including small healthcare facilities such as medical and dental practices with a better understanding of OSHA’s Respiratory Protection standard, 1910.134 [2].

Checklists for establishing and assessing an OSHA-complaint program that are particularly useful to medical and dental practices include those for:

The Guide reminds small business employers that OSHA’s Respiratory Protection standard [2] covers the required respiratory protection for use against hazardous airborne workplace exposures, including biological hazards.