This blog and infographic from are intended for workers who wear respirators at work. The month of November is full of fun, interesting, and thought-provoking observances. November is also the host month to campaigns like No-Shave November and Movember. Campaigns such as these are working hard to raise money for important causes such as cancer research, education, and awareness. These increasingly popular campaigns are a great way to demonstrate your support … unless you need to wear a tight-fitting respirator for your job. We will not completely ruin your plans to compete for facial hair bragging rights.
OSHA Quiz: Respirator Use – Does the Beard Have To Go?
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Facial hair prevents employees from effectively wearing tight-fitting respirators. Experts at Safety. There are both safety and human resources considerations—read on to see the answer. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC recommends against certain facial hair stylings for workers who wear tight-fitting respirators, it has not recommended shaving as a precaution to prevent COVID
Scenario: You are the safety manager for a manufacturing company with about employees. A spraying operation within your plant requires employees to use respiratory protection consisting of a tight-fitting, full-face air purifying respirator. The eight employees who work in this area and therefore must wear a respirator have completed the medical questionnaire, have been determined to be fit, have had fit tests conducted, and have been provided training as required by the OSHA standard.