Q&A: Respirators and beards

OSHA Healthcare Connection, April 28, 2009

Q: A male worker needs to be fit tested for an N95 respirator, but has a beard and will not shave it. What should I do?

A: OSHA’s respiratory protection standard, 1910.134, requires workers to be clean shaven when wearing a tight-fitting, face piece-type respirator such as the N95, but there are other options such as a powered air purifying respirator.

Find out how to respond to this situation by listening to the audio clip at “Sneak peek at the Q&A Roundtable: Fit testing and beards.

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