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It’s back: Annual TB fit-testing

OSHA Healthcare Connection, January 15, 2008

Some safety professionals predicted it as early as the November 2006 mid-term elections when the Democrats changed the balance of power in Congress, and it has finally come to pass.

President Bush has signed into law an OSHA budget that no longer includes a prohibition on annual tuberculosis (TB) fit-testing enforcement.

OSHA inspectors are now free to check that workers who face exposure to TB on the job receive annual fit-testing for respirator use under the respiratory protection standard.

The prohibition first appeared in 2004, when Congress prohibited OSHA from using government funds to enforce annual fit-testing provisions for TB.

To read more about OSHA's budget, go to thomas.loc.gov and search for "H.R.2764" as a bill number.

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