With regard to COVID19, News media and politicians talk endlessly about "following the science", but then issue nonsensical dictates. So, what should you actually do to use a science-based approach to protecting your workers and your customers. Here's what OSHA recommends:
(OSHA 3994 - 2020) English: PDF
(OSHA 3995 - 2020) Spanish: PDF
(OSHA 4014 - 2020) Arabic: PDF
(OSHA 4009 - 2020) Brazilian Portuguese: PDF
See the full current list of Common COVID-19 Citations: Helping Employers Better Protect Workers and Comply with OSHA Regulations here.
|1910.134(e)(1)||The employer did not provide a medical evaluation before the worker was fit-tested or used the respirator.|
|1910.134 - Respiratory Protection Section (e)|
|1910.134(e)(2)(ii)||The medical evaluation was missing information required in mandatory Appendix C (OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire) of the standard.|
|Section (f) - Fit Testing 1910.134(f)(1)||The employer did not perform an appropriate fit test for a tightfitting facepiece respirator.|
|Medical Evaluation - Safety and Health Topics|
- - Respiratory protection - Understanding Compliance with OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic. (August 2020). - Seven Steps to Correctly Wear a Respirator at Work. OSHA Poster, (May 2020). - OSHA Respiratory Projection Training Videos (most available in Spanish) o Putting on and Taking off a Mask. o Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers.