Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 15:36:39 -0400
Reply-To: "Mary M. Cavanaugh" <cavanaughmm**At_Symbol_Here**APPSTATE.EDU>
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From: "Mary M. Cavanaugh" <cavanaughmm**At_Symbol_Here**APPSTATE.EDU>
Organization: ASU Safety & WC Office
Subject: Re: Police and Respirators
In-Reply-To: <**At_Symbol_Here**>
I have looked in vain for any loophole that would allow our police to wear
respirators without full compliance with the OSHA program.  I suspect "POST"
is in fact an urban legend.

However, both Regina's question and Larry's response have raised a question
for me.  How have you been able to justify APR respirators for homeland
security type operations?  We looked into this but the OSHA standard clearly
states SARs must be  used whenever the atmosphere's hazards are "unknown,"
which surely would be the case in most homeland security responses.


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Larry Gibbs
Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 3:14 PM
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Police and Respirators

Hi Regina et al,

I have never heard of any such variance for use of respirators, and I doubt
very much whether one ever existed.  Our police officers are required to
comply with all respirator use requirements.  Most police forces are now
getting respirators for all officers and need to ensure they are afforded
the appropriate training and other testing requirements.  This is most
important for personnel that only don the equipment infrequently, as a
demand respirator has limited capability for even highly trained personnel.

Hope you are well.

Larry Gibbs

At 11:45 AM 6/30/2004, Regina Frasca wrote:
>Is anyone aware of a variance given to police officers for their use of
>respirators.  This variance would enable them to use these devices
>without compliance of the respirator protection standard as well as the
>medical monitoring requirements.  I heard an urban legend that one does
>exist and may be through "POST".  I have been working closely with our
>officers and their PPE for homeland security (APR respirators).  I am
>working on their training, implementation of a program, and medical
>requirements.  I spoke with CAL OSHA Compliance and they had not heard
>of such a variance and would hold the employer to this standard if
>visited for an inspection.  Any info would be appreciatted
>Regina M. Frasca
>Cal State University San Marcos
>Director of Risk Management & Safety
>Work: 760-750-4502
>Fax:    760-750-3208
>RM&S:  Contributing to a total learning environment by providing
>support, guidance, and leadership,  promoting safety and preserving the
>human and physical resources of the campus community.
>Finance & Administrative Services: Building excellence in service and
>resource management.

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