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OSHA Releases Guidance on N95 Shortages

Monday, April 13, 2020

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released interim enforcement guidance to help combat the shortage of N95 filtering face piece respirators.

The action follows President Donald J. Trump’s memorandum on Making General Use Respirators Available in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Guidance

“Due to the impact on workplace conditions caused by limited supplies of N95 FFRs, employers should reassess their engineering controls, work practices and administrative controls to identify any changes they can make to decrease the need for N95 respirators,” said OSHA in the news release.

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released interim enforcement guidance to help combat the shortage of N95 filtering face piece respirators.

If respiratory protection must be used, employers are to consider use of alternative classes of respirators that provide equal or greater protection compared to an N95 FFR, such as National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-approved, non-disposable, elastomeric respirators or powered, air-purifying respirators.

If alternatives are not available, or when their use creates an additional safety or health hazard, employers are to consider the extended use or reuse o fN95 FFRs, or use N95 FFRs that were approved but have passed the manufacturer’s recommended shelf life.

This guidance takes effect immediately and will remain in effect until further notice, however, it is intended to be time-limited to the current public health crisis, OSHA noted.

Previous N95 News

On April 2, Trump announced a memorandum on the Order Under the Defense Production Act Regarding 3M Company and its production of N95 masks.

That memo, which was issued to the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, directed that Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, through the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, use any and all authorities available under the Act to acquire N95 respirators from 3M Company or any of its appropriate subsidiaries or affiliates.

“We have been working closely with the Administration to do exactly that, and we appreciate the authorities in the DPA that provide a framework for us to expand even further the work we are doing in response to the global pandemic crisis,” 3M said. “We look forward to working with FEMA to implement yesterday’s order.”

The order covers a to-be-determined number of masks that the Administrator will conclude to be appropriate.

Prior to this, at the end of last month, global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced that it would donate 80,000 masks to hospitals in Pittsburgh, New York, Cleveland, the Detroit area and Huntsville, Alabama, in support of COVID-19 relief.

View all of PaintSquare Daily News' coverage on COVID-19, here.

   

Tagged categories: COVID-19; Department of Labor; Health & Safety; Health and safety; NA; North America; OSHA; OSHA; Regulations; Safety

Comment from Joe Spagnolo, (4/13/2020, 7:27 AM)

MAGA 2020


Comment from Mike McCloud, (4/13/2020, 7:42 AM)

MAGA 2020!


Comment from Mike McCloud, (4/13/2020, 7:43 AM)

MAGA 2020!


Comment from Mark Anater, (4/13/2020, 9:15 AM)

Never forget that this administration ignored and minimized the danger of coronavirus for two months, thus greatly increasing the economic and human costs. Even today it s managing the crisis in a haphazard, inefficient way that forces states to compete with each other, treats relief funds like political contributions, and continues to hold out false hope for a quick, easy solution. The whole world is aghast.


Comment from john lienert, (4/18/2020, 12:15 PM)

are you pelosi ?


Comment from john lienert, (4/18/2020, 12:16 PM)

KAG 2020


Comment from Billy Russell, (4/18/2020, 12:53 PM)

Never forget, Since Democrats passed ACA nothing was in place to handle a pandemic, NO state had enough PPE to handle an emergency, why did GM want a contract before helping after we Bailed them out with TAX dollars, Billions of dollars in the last 15 years have been given to Both the CDC and WHO and they both failed, now is the time we demand answers from the Career politicians that have been in office in both parties why nothing was ready and its not OUR presidents fault.


Comment from rob gaeth, (4/19/2020, 12:33 PM)

When any government tells it's citizens not to panic, that's when every individual must research and decide how to prepare and protect yourself. The politicians only want your vote and billionaire election buyers are only interested in preserving and expanding their wealth. FYI Trump doesn't need to campaign when he just bought enough votes to secure his 2020 re-election. Please stop voting for Democrats and republicans they are the same, always blaming the other for what they both do. Read, educate yourself, and pick our next leaders by their accomplishments instead of campaign slogans.


Comment from Jagdish Deshpande, (4/21/2020, 9:33 AM)

No politics But we have become so dependent on China that caused major crisis. It hurts


Comment from Michael Halliwell, (4/21/2020, 11:59 AM)

The joys of cheap globalization in a world of loosely aligned nations with wildly different costs. When you rely on others elsewhere for everything and they go into "me first" mode (like in a natural disaster or pandemic), it leaves you with nothing unless you have more than just a casual relationship. I'm not a fan of a lot of US politics (I'm an outsider looking in) and nothing in the last decade has changed my mind (not that our politics are any better...but this has been a true global test and not many have passed with high grades.


Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (4/22/2020, 8:31 AM)

Some of you need to get out of the echo chamber, or at least notice when the lies are super obvious. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/04/trumps-lies-about-coronavirus/608647/


Comment from Andrew Piedl, (4/26/2020, 6:36 PM)

Never forget that there have been no fewer than five commissioners at the FDA in the last three years. Who's job is it to fill these positions? Our 'acting' secretary of the navy just left his position (what are we at now - 7 for this administration?). Everywhere but in Trumpworld, this type of turnover is an indicator that something is wrong.


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