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PDFWAC 296-307-61010

Store respirators properly.

(1) The employer must store respirators to protect them from all of the following:
(a) Deformation of the facepiece or exhalation valve;
(b) Sunlight or extreme temperatures or other conditions;
(c) Contamination such as dust or damaging chemicals;
(d) Excessive moisture.
Use coffee cans, sealable plastic bags, or other suitable means of protection.
(2) The employer must follow these additional requirements for emergency respirators:
(a) Keep respirators accessible to the work area;
(b) Store respirators in compartments or with covers clearly marked as containing emergency respirators;
(c) Follow additional storage instructions from the respirator manufacturer;
(d) Store an adequate number of emergency respirators in each area where they may be needed.
Emergency respirators include mouthpiece respirators and other respirators that are limited to escape-only use by their NIOSH certification.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, and 49.17.060. WSR 20-21-091, § 296-307-61010, filed 10/20/20, effective 11/20/20; WSR 05-01-166, § 296-307-61010, filed 12/21/04, effective 4/2/05.]
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