New assigned protection factors, or APFs, for respiratory protection programs are being incorporated into OSHAâ€™s respiratory protection standard, the agency announced. The final rule completes the revision of the reserve sections of OSHAâ€™s Respiratory Protection Standard as published in 1998. The standard will now contain provisions necessary for a comprehensive respiratory protection program, including selection and use of respirators, training, medical evaluation and fit testing.
â€œThis standard helps employers and employees select the right respirator for the job,â€ said OSHA director Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. â€œAnd with the right respirator employees will have adequate protection to be safe and healthy at work.â€
An APF table is being included in the final standard to guide employers in the selection of air-purifying, powered air-purifying, supplied-air (or airline respirator), and self-contained breathing apparatus respirators.