OSHA Issues Guidance Addressing Respiratory Protection Standard and N95 Respirator Shortages

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new Enforcement Guidance for Respiratory Protection and the N95 Shortage Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19) Pandemic.

This memorandum provides interim guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing Respiratory Protection standard, 29 CFR § 1910.134, and certain other health standards, with regard to supply shortages of N95 respirators. CSHOs will have discretion to permit the extended use and reuse of disposable respirators, as well as the use of expired respirators that are beyond their manufacturer’s recommended shelf life.

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