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Respirator facial hair

Your letter requested clarification on OSHA's Respiratory Protection standard, 29 CFR , which addresses facial hair and respirator fit. This letter. The design of some respirators limit the facial hair employees wearing them can maintain. Respirators are vital tools for keeping employees. If I can get a worker with facial hair to pass a quantitative fit test using a PortaCount, can I then allow that worker to wear the full facepiece. Loose-fitting respirators provide the same protection as tight-fitting respirators but cover the whole head, forming a seal under the chin or around the neck, which makes the issue of facial hair moot. While tight-fitting respirators are typically cheaper, investing in a loose-fitting respirator might cost less than, say, training a new clean. Oct 02,  · Any respirator manufacturer making false claims such as advertising a tight fitting, full facepiece or hooded SCBA unit that is configured with a nose cup, for users with facial hair, may be subject to rescission of NIOSH approval. NIOSH Policy for Respirator Sealing Surfaces and Facial Hair Cdc-pdf [PDF – 24 KB]. Nov 02,  · Facial hair that lies along the sealing area of a respirator, such as beards, sideburns, or some mustaches, will interfere with respirators that rely on a tight facepiece seal to achieve maximum protection. Facial hair is a common reason that someone cannot be fit tested.
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