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PDFWAC 296-307-61015

Inspect and repair respirators.

You must:
• Conduct respirator inspections as often as specified in Table 9.
• Make sure respirator inspections cover all of the following:
– Respirator function
– Tightness of connections
– The condition of the facepiece, head straps, valves, connecting tubes, and cartridge, canisters or filters
– Pliability and deterioration of elastomeric parts
– Maintenance of air or oxygen cylinders
– Making sure SCBA air cylinders are at ninety percent of the manufacturer's recommended pressure level
– Proper functioning of SCBA regulators when air-flow is activated
– Proper functioning of SCBA low-pressure warning devices when activated
• Certify inspections for emergency respirators by documenting the following:
– Inspection date
– Serial number of each respirator or other identifying information
– Inspector's name or signature
– Inspection findings
– Required action, if problems are found.
• When documenting inspections you may either:
– Provide the information on a tag or label and attach it to the respirator compartment
– Include the information in an inspection report stored in paper or electronic files accessible to employees.
You must:
• Repair or replace any respirator that is not functioning properly before the employee returns to a situation where respirators are required.
– If respirators fail inspection or are not functioning properly during use due to problems such as leakage, vapor or gas breakthrough, or increased breathing resistance, all of the following apply:
■ Do not permit such respirators to be used until properly repaired or adjusted
■ Use only NIOSH-certified parts
■ Make sure repairs and adjustments are made by appropriately trained individuals
– Use the manufacturer or a technician trained by the manufacturer to repair or adjust reducing and admission valves, regulators, and warning devices on SCBAs or air-line respirators.
■ Follow the manufacturer's recommendations and specifications for the type and extent of repairs.
Use Table 9 to determine how often to inspect respirators.
Table 9
Required Frequencies for Respirator Inspections
If the respirator is . . .
Then inspect . . .
A SCBA in any use
• Before each use
• During cleaning
• Monthly if not used
Used for nonemergencies, including day-to-day or infrequent use
• Inspect before each use
• During cleaning
Used only for emergencies
• Check for proper function before and after each use
• Inspect at least monthly as instructed by the manufacturer
Used for escape-only purposes
• Before carrying into a work place for use
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060. WSR 05-01-166, § 296-307-61015, filed 12/21/04, effective 4/2/05.]
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