(a) Permissible practice.
(1) In the control of those occupational diseases caused by breathing air contaminated with harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays, or vapors, the primary objective shall be to prevent atmospheric contamination. This shall be accomplished as far as feasible by accepted engineering control measures (for example, enclosure or confinement of the operation, general and local ventilation, and substitution of less toxic materials). When effective engineering controls are not feasible, or while they are being instituted, appropriate respirators shall be used pursuant to this section.
(2) Respirators shall be provided by the employer when such equipment is necessary to protect the health of the employee. The employer shall provide the respirators which are applicable and suitable for the purpose intended. The employer shall be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of a respiratory protection program which shall include the requirements outlined in subsection (c).
Mobile Pulmonary Function is a kind of examination for the lungs and thoracic area. Examined breathing sounds for specifically any signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure and history of lung disease like bronchitis or asthma. Pulmonary function testing results are calibrated in prediction equations. Some diseases associated with abnormal signs may be findings including: asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Restrictive diseases like pleural thickening, pulmonary fibrosis and congestive heart failure are associated with other abnormalities found in pulmonary function testing. If respirators worn by any employees, examinations and pulmonary function tests then must be performed once a year.
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