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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC39 Publication ID: Fall 2009 
Title: Abbreviated Portacount® Quantitative Fit-Testing Protocol  
Abstract: Appendix A of OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134) specifies the procedure for adding new test protocols to this standard. OSHA proposes to include two additional protocols for the PortaCount® quantitative fit testing methodology in its Respiratory Protection Standard; the proposed protocols would apply to employers in general industry, shipyard employment, and the construction industry. The revised PortaCount® quantitative fit testing protocols are referred to as the Revised PortaCount® Quantitative Fit Test Protocol 1 and Protocol 2. The only difference between the proposed revised PortaCount® Protocol 1 and the approved PortaCount® protocol is that the revised Protocol 1 requires that the seven test exercises be performed for 30 seconds instead of the 60 seconds per test currently required. The revised Protocol 2 would reduce exercise time to 40 seconds instead of the currently required 60 seconds, eliminate two of the eight fit testing exercises, and would raise the pass/fail criterion from 100 to 200 for half-masks and 500 to 1,000 for full facepieces. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.134 
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b); 29 USC 657 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/21/2009  74 FR 3526 
NPRM Comment Period End  03/23/2009   
Analyze Record  06/30/2009   
Final Action  01/00/2010   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Dorothy Dougherty
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Room N-3718, FP Building, 200 Constitution Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-1950
Fax:202 693-1678
Email: dougherty.dorothy@dol.gov

 
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