From the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

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From the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)--www.osha.gov--comes word that new Assigned Protection Factors (APFs) for respiratory protection programs are being incorporated into the OSHA respiratory protection standard. This APF final rule completes the revision of the reserve sections of OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard, published in 1998.

The standard now will contain provisions necessary for a comprehensive respiratory protection program, including selection and use of respirators, training, medical evaluation and fit testing. APFs are numbers that indicate the level of workplace respiratory protection that a respirator or class of respirators is expected to provide to employees when used as part of an effective respiratory protection program. (Editor's note: To learn more about how the new APFs can benefit employers and workers, read the "Washington Watch" column in this issue of Protection Update.)

OSHA also has issued new Safety and Health Topics Pages for the Concrete and Concrete Products Industry and for Basic Steel Products. Concrete and Concrete Products--Manufacturing and Construction webpage highlights OSHA standards, compliance directives and standard interpretations and includes lists of leading workplace hazards and links to safety and health resources for controlling those hazards, training information and success stories. Basic Steel Products Safety and Health Topics webpage contains links to OSHA workplace standards for the manufacture of steel products, safety tips on avoiding industrial hazards, and information on safety and health case studies.

Other new OSHA communications tools include:

* Fire Service Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems booklet, which will help increase the safety of building occupants and emergency responders by streamlining fire service interaction with building features and fire protection systems. …

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