Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2004 05:20:43 -0700
Reply-To: Geraldine Cox <gerryannec**At_Symbol_Here**COMCAST.NET>
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From: Geraldine Cox <gerryannec**At_Symbol_Here**COMCAST.NET>
Organization: Drexel University
Subject: Re: Police and Respirators
Comments: To: Regina Frasca
In-Reply-To: <572C1E4A5AEDE74EB3E6AB5C5EEFB655049F673B**At_Symbol_Here**>
I did some checking, and I got two responses.  One response was from
Virginia, "There is no variance.  I have spoken to several folks in OSHA to
confirm this.  ALL police personnel must undergo a physical screening prior
to being fit tested.  We fit test on an annual basis using the PortaCount
fit testing machine.  We conform to all regulations in OSHA 1910.134." and
also from the national emergency center.  They said that if the state has a
state OSHA, they may grant a variance, but all federal OSHA states must

There is no requirement for the 15-minute, full-head emergency escape

Hope that settles the issue.

Geraldine Cox
Drexel University

-----Original Message-----
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Regina Frasca
Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 11:46 AM
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Police and Respirators

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

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support, guidance, and leadership,  promoting safety and preserving the
human and physical resources of the campus community.

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