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WAC 296-307-61005

Maintain respirators in a clean and reliable condition.

You must:
• Make sure respirators are kept, at no cost to the employee, clean, sanitary and in good working order. Do at least the following:
– Clean and disinfect respirators as often as specified in Table 8 of this section.
• Use required cleaning and disinfecting procedures in WAC 296-307-62015, or the manufacturer's procedures that:
– Result in a clean and sanitary respirator
– Do not damage the respirator
– Do not harm the user
• Automated cleaning and disinfecting are permitted
• Cleaning and disinfecting may be done by a central facility as long as you make sure respirators provided are clean, sanitary, and function properly.
You must:
• Make sure respirators are assembled properly after cleaning or disinfecting.
Use Table 8 to determine how often to clean and disinfect respirators.
Table 8
Required Frequencies for Cleaning and Disinfecting Respirators
If, the respirator will
be . . .
Then, clean and disinfect the respirator . . .
Used exclusively by one employee
• As often as needed to:
– Keep it clean and functional
– To prevent health hazards such as skin irritation
• Shared for nonemergency use
Before it is worn by another employee
• Used for fit-testing or training
• Shared for emergency use
After each use so the respirator is immediately ready for use at all times
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060. WSR 05-01-166, § 296-307-61005, filed 12/21/04, effective 4/2/05.]
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