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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC29 Publication ID: Fall 2007 
Title: ●Abbreviated Bitrix Qualitative Fit-Testing Protocol  
Abstract: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the revised standard for respiratory protection on January 8, 1998. Appendix A of this standard currently lists four challenge agents permitted for use in qualitative fit testing protocols; these include isoamyl acetate, saccharin aerosol solution, irritant smoke, and Bitrix (denatonium benzoate). The standard also includes procedures that allow parties to submit new fit testing protocols for notice-and-comment rulemaking under section 6(b)(7) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. OSHA has been requested to consider adding a new fit testing protocol that modifies the existing Bitrix protocol, and is undergoing rulemaking to seek public comment and determine whether to amend the fit testing provisions of the standard to include the proposed protocol. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.134   
Legal Authority: 29 USC655(b)    29 USC 657   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2007    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  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