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half full face respOSHA requires at least annual respiratory fit testing as part of an approved employer safety program.

This requirement can and will help to save lives when workers are faced with unforeseen occupational diseases caused by breathing contaminated air, especially from harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays, vapors or other atmospheric contamination. (Regulations Standards – 29 CFR – Respiratory Protection – 1910.134)

The following is excerpted from the standards:


In the control of those occupational diseases caused by breathing air contaminated with harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays, or vapors, the primary objective shall be to prevent atmospheric contamination. This shall be accomplished as far as feasible by accepted engineering control measures (for example, enclosure or confinement of the operation, general and local ventilation, and substitution of less toxic materials). When effective engineering controls are not feasible, or while they are being instituted, appropriate respirators shall be used pursuant to this section.


A respirator shall be provided to each employee when such equipment is necessary to protect the health of such employee. The employer shall provide the respirators which are applicable and suitable for the purpose intended. The employer shall be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of a respiratory protection program, which shall include the requirements outlined in paragraph (c) of this section. The program shall cover each employee required by this section to use a respirator.


Respiratory protection program. This paragraph requires the employer to develop and implement a written respiratory protection program with required worksite-specific procedures and elements for required respirator use. The program must be administered by a suitably trained program administrator. In addition, certain program elements may be required for voluntary use to prevent potential hazards associated with the use of the respirator. The Small Entity Compliance Guide contains criteria for the selection of a program administrator and a sample program that meets the requirements of this paragraph. Copies of the Small Entity Compliance Guide will be available on or about April 8, 1998 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Office of Publications, Room N 3101, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20210 (202-219-4667).


In any workplace where respirators are necessary to protect the health of the employee or whenever respirators are required by the employer, the employer shall establish and implement a written respiratory protection program with worksite-specific procedures. The program shall be updated as necessary to reflect those changes in workplace conditions that affect respirator use. The employer shall include in the program the following provisions of this section, as applicable: 

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V Guard Hard Hats Alert 2MSA will replace any V-Gard hats manufactured in 3/2008 that exhibit cracks through normal (non-impacted) wear

Safety equipment manufacturer, MSA, reports that “a small number of V-Gard Caps manufactured in March 2008 may be susceptible to premature cracking, which we have found to be attributable to minor variances in our colorant.”

If a V-Gard Cap exhibits this type of crack, it is readily noticeable at the top of the shell and easily identified through routine, daily inspection.

MSA has informed us their testing indicates V-Gard Caps exhibiting this type of crack continue to meet all ANSI Z89.1-2003 and CSA Z94.1-2005 impact and penetration test requirements. However, a crack of this type would prevent the cap from passing the electrical resistance test.

V Guard Hard Hats alertCaps that do not exhibit a crack and meet all other inspection requirements are certainly suitable for use and should remain in service.

Please remember to inspect your V-Gard Caps before and after each use. MSA will replace any V-Gard Caps manufactured in March 2008 that exhibit this type of crack without being impacted. To report this occurrence, please call the MSA Product Concern Report Hotline at 1-866-672-6977, or contact them through MSA website.

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Understanding complex OSHA regulations can be daunting and difficult at best.  Here are two that have recently come under scrutiny for clarification.

Most of us strive in our personal and work lives to follow good, common sense  safety rules.  But as industry and overall workforce populations have grown, the working public has greater opportunity for mishap in the workplace, especially where safety issues are concerned.

That’s where OSHA steps in.  It’s their job to insure worker safety – to keep people going home at the end of the day, rather than to the hospital or worse.  And, because of the extensive and sometimes even extreme situations that many workers address in normal, day to day operations, OSHA regulations have become that much more convoluted and difficult to understand.

Don’t leave safety regulations to chance or misinterpretation.  If you don’t understand the regulations, contact JB Safety & Rescue or call your local OSHA district office. You safety, and that of your employees and the public – is worth the extra time and effort.

Meantime, here are two recent interpretations that OSHA has issued in response to specific questions about ambiguous language in the regs for fall protection lanyards and high-visibility garments for highway workers.

Fall Protection Lanyards

High-Visibility Garments for Highway Construction Crews

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New rules pertain to eye, face, head and foot protection devices for general industry and others

Effective September 9, 2009, the Department of Labor/OSHA released a final rule revising Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) standards. The new rule updates references to ANSI and ASTM standards and gives these consensus standards regulatory authority by referencing them in the regulation.

In addition, OSHA is amending its provision that requires safety shoes to comply with a specific American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard, and a provision that requires filter lenses and plates in eye-protective equipment to meet a test for transmission of radiant energy specified by another ANSI standard.

In amending these paragraphs, OSHA will require this safety equipment to comply with the applicable PPE design provisions.

Download DOL Ruling for PPE.

Contact JB Safety & Rescue for PPE evaluation.


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The new year is rapidly approaching; over the next few weeks, what better time to start thinking about the training and safety services your company needs to remain efficient, productive and profitable – and safe.

At JB Safety & Rescue Services, our instructor base is knowledgeable in every aspect of safety training, with professional expertise in federal, state and local governing laws – including OSHA – for applications in:  confined space entry and rescue; hazwoper, hazard communications, hazardous materials; first aid/CPR; fall protection, scaffold awareness; trenching and excavation, trench rescue; OSHA 8, 10, 24, 30 and 40 hour; disaster preparedness…….and so much more!

Get a head start on your training for 2010 and be on top of your safety game – let us know now what you need and/or want to see in the months ahead and we’ll take it from there.  If you have a specific time frame let us know that as well.

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New Standards Cover:

  • Active Fall Protection Systems
  • Personal Fall Arrest Systems
  • Personal Energy Absorbers and Energy Absorbing Lanyards

Version 2.0 Updates Include:

ANSI/ASSE Z359.6-2009
Safety Requirements for Fall Arresters for Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS)

This Standard is intended for engineers with expertise in designing fall-protection systems.  It specifies requirements for the design and performance of complete active fall-protection systems, including travel-restraint and vertical and horizontal fall-arrest systems.

ANSI/ASSE Z359.12-2009
Connecting Components for Personal Fall Arrest Systems

This standard establishes requirements for the performance, design, marking, qualification, test methods and removal from service of connectors.

ANSI/ASSE Z359.13-2009
Personal Energy Absorbers and Energy Absorbing Lanyards

This standard establishes requirements for the performance, design, marking, qualification, instructions, inspection, maintenance and removal from service of energy absorbing lanyards and personal energy absorbers.

It is the intention of this standard to require all energy absorbing lanyards and personal energy absorbers to reduce the forces implied on the user to less than 10 G’s (10 times the normal gravitational pull of the Earth).  Users must be within the range of 130 to 310 lbs (59 – 140 kg.)

The Future

The ANSI/ASSE Z359 ASC for Fall Arrest/Protection is also working on 10 additional Z359 standards projects aimed at protecting workers from falls.  The Code is continuing to gain more interest and recognition from both the private and public sector.

Since the launching of the Code in 2007, ASSE continues to see safety professionals and stakeholders being more involved with fall protection/arrest.  ASSE plans on continuing it’s work and doing even more in the future to address fall related hazards and protect workers from injuries through more comprehensive fall protection hazards.

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