NV OSHA Issues A Second Guidance On N95/KN95 Masks
January 26, 2022
On January 25, 2022, Nevada’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (NV OSHA) issued a second guidance to employers regarding the voluntary use by employees of N95/KN95 masks. This new guidance replaces the January 21st guidance on this topic.
The new guidance provides more information and clarification, but NV OSHA’s message seems to remain the same:
- All employers should assess respiratory hazards in the workplace and take the steps necessary to protect employees. All employers are required to follow Nevada’s mask mandate.
- If the employer determines that surgical masks or cloth masks are not sufficient to protect employees and that instead a KN95/N95 mask is needed (a filtering facepiece respirator), it must develop a written respiratory protection program and meet OSHA’s requirements for such a program.
- If the employer determines that surgical or cloth masks are sufficient and that KN95/N95 masks are not needed, it can still permit employees to voluntarily use those masks but is not required to develop a written respiratory protection program. Instead, the only thing an employer must do is provide the employee voluntarily wearing the KN95/N95 mask with the information contained in Appendix D to the federal respirator regulation and document the employee’s receipt of such information.
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