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OSHA posts TB enforcement letter

OSHA Healthcare Connection, April 22, 2008

OSHA finally got around to posting the notice on its Web site that it will start enforcing annual fit-testing in healthcare facilities for respirators used to protect from tuberculosis (TB) exposure.

OSHA received Congressional approval to reactivate this provision of the Respiratory Protection standard, 1910.134, December 26, 2007, but the notice appeared last week, even though it is dated March 24.

Suffice to say that healthcare facilities have been put on notice that OSHA will now cite employers for failure to conduct annual fit testing for employees required to wear respirators as protection from TB.

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