He has held numerous leadership positions managing and evaluating health and safety programs and providing training on workplace safety and health topics at various public organizations and private corporations. Lexis 4th Cir. OSHA has cited employers for serious violations when it determined facial hair presented a possibility of serious injury or death. Nor can employers select some arbitrary time period, like once every day, to change canisters and cartridges, because even this may not be adequate to protect the respirator user. A FF with facial hair may pass the test today, and due to growth change, could fail it within a few days. NIOSH releases skin-hazard profiles on nine chemicals. An email address is required but will not be included with your comment.
NIOSH Policy for Respirator Sealing Surfaces and Facial Hair
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The nay-sayer could not pass the test, no matter how tight he pulled the straps and adjusted the mask. October 2, archived document Content source: Any respirator manufacturer making false claims such as advertising a tight fitting, full facepiece or hooded SCBA unit that is configured with a nose cup, for users with facial hair, may be subject to rescission of NIOSH approval. A Final Warning will be issued if a user is found to be in violation a second time.
In addition, research has demonstrated that even modest facial hair growth can have a significant adverse impact on the protection of a positive-pressure system. If alternative shaving methods are used, the fit test may have to be repeated to determine the fit factor for the employee. Current Issue View Table of Contents View Past Issues View the print edition online. Construction worker killed in trench collapse. Murphy consults with fire departments and other public and private entities on operational risk management, response litigation, employment policy and practices liability, personal management, labor contracts, internal investigations and discipline, and personal injury litigation. Answers to the Red Cross IQ Quiz Rated: Make sure your written program includes a facial hair policy and that you train, monitor and provide options for worker safety.