Respiratory protection for TB exposures delayed six months
Last month, OSHA dropped its 1997 proposed standard on tuberculosis and revoked a separate respiratory protection standard for workers exposed to TB.
Instead of setting a TB rule, OSHA will begin applying the general industry respiratory protection standard for protection against the disease. To meet the requirements of the agencyâ€™s respiratory protection standard, newly covered employers will need to revise their respiratory protection program, conduct annual respiratory fit testing, and perform a medical evaluation and annual training for employees using respirators.
The move does not affect work sites already covered under the respiratory protection rule where there is exposure to hazardous substances other than tuberculosis.