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    Quote Originally Posted by Safety View Post
    It's not just as simple as being "forced" to wear a mask. There is a short term exposure limit and a permissible exposure limit based upon an eight hour work day. The level of protection needed for you to carry out your job is based upon medical and historical data collected that shows how the substance you are exposed to affects a human body. Based upon your work environment, it could require a N95 or higher mask, full or half face respirator, or even a self contained breathing apparatus. All of which requires a respirator program, medical surveillance with an annual physical, and a fit test prior to use. If your level of exposure is less than a established PEL or STEL, but the employee still wants to wear a mask and not be enrolled in a respirator program, then a "comfort" mask is allowed to be worn. If an employer is giving an employee a "comfort mask" without the necessary precautions taken to make sure the employee is not exposed to any substance above the PEL and STEL, then the employer is at risk of being cited by OSHA for a violation.

    Blood laws is how many regulations are established.
    The shop was full of sodium oxide 8 hours a day.

    Legal Labeling:

    Sore throat. Cough. Burning sensation. Labored breathing. Shortness of breath.

    A comfort mask does nothing for this. It's stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    I've seen very little evidence that government regulations improve safety or, if they do improve safety, that the benefits are worth the costs. Of course, people who make a living off of "safety" and its attendant regulations will no doubt argue otherwise. I mean, what else are they going to do? Admit that their livelihood is a farce and a burden on society?
    Where have you worked?

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