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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 481. Virginia Radiation Protection Regulations
4/25/2017

12VAC5-481-3680. Assigned Protection Factors for RespiratorsA.

Part XVII. Schedules

Operating mode

Assigned Protection Factors

I. Air Purifying Respirators (Particulateb only)c:

Filtering facepiece disposabled

Negative Pressure

(d)

Facepiece, halfe

Negative Pressure

10

Facepiece, full

Negative Pressure

100

Facepiece, half

Powered air-purifying respirators

50

Facepiece, full

Powered air-purifying respirators

1000

Helmet/hood

Powered air-purifying respirators

1000

Facepiece, loose-fitting

Powered air-purifying respirators

25

II. Atmosphere-supplying respirators (particulate, gases and vaporsf):

1. Air-line respirator:

Facepiece, half

Demand

10

Facepiece, half

Continuous Flow

50

Facepiece, half

Pressure Demand

50

Facepiece, full

Demand

100

Facepiece, full

Continuous Flow

1000

Facepiece, full

Pressure Demand

1000

Helmet/hood

Continuous Flow

1000

Facepiece, loose-fitting

Continuous Flow

25

Suit

Continuous Flow

(g)

2. Self-contained breathing Apparatus (SCBA):

Facepiece, full

Demand

h100

Facepiece, full

Pressure Demand

i10,000

Facepiece, full

Demand, Recirculating

h100

Facepiece, full

Positive Pressure Recirculating

i10,000

III. Combination Respirators:

Any combination of air-purifying and atmosphere-supplying respirators

Assigned protection factor for type and mode of operation as listed above.

aThese assigned protection factors apply only in a respiratory protection program that meets the requirements of this section. They are applicable only to airborne radiological hazards and may not be appropriate to circumstances when chemical or other respiratory hazards exist instead of, or in addition to, radioactive hazards. Selection and use of respirators for such circumstances shall also comply with Department of Labor regulations.

Radioactive contaminants for which the concentration values in Table 1, Column 3 of Appendix B to 10 CFR Part 20 are based on internal dose due to inhalation may, in addition, present external exposure hazards at higher concentrations. Under these circumstances, limitations on occupancy may have to be governed by external dose limits.

bAir purifying respirators with APF <100 shall be equipped with particulate filters that are at least 95% efficient. Air purifying respirators with APF = 100 shall be equipped with particulate filters that are at least 99% efficient. Air purifying respirators with APFs >100 shall be equipped with particulate filters that are at least 99.97% efficient.

cThe licensee may apply to VDH for the use of an APF greater than 1 for absorbent cartridges as protection against airborne radioactive gases and vapors (e.g., radioiodine).

dLicensees may permit individuals to use this type of respirator who have not been medically screened or fit tested on the device provided that no credit be taken for their use in estimating intake or dose. It is also recognized that it is difficult to perform an effective positive or negative pressure pre-use user seal check on this type of device. All other respiratory protection program requirements listed in 12VAC5-481-820 apply. An assigned protection factor has not been assigned for these devices. However, an APF equal to 10 may be used if the licensee can demonstrate a fit factor of at least 100 by use of a validated or evaluated, qualitative or quantitative fit test.

eUnder-chin type only. No distinction is made in this section between elastomeric half-masks with replaceable cartridges and those designed with the filter medium as an integral part of the facepiece (e.g., disposable or reusable disposable). Both types are acceptable so long as the seal area of the latter contains some substantial type of seal-enhancing material such as rubber or plastic, the two or more suspension straps are adjustable, the filter medium is at least 95 percent efficient and all other requirements of this section are met.

fThe assigned protection factors for gases and vapors are not applicable to radioactive contaminants that present an absorption or submersion hazard. For tritium oxide vapor, approximately one-third of the intake occurs by absorption through the skin so that an overall protection factor of 3 is appropriate when atmosphere-supplying respirators are used to protect against tritium oxide. Exposure to radioactive noble gases is not considered a significant respiratory hazard, and protective actions for these contaminants should be based on external (submersion) dose considerations.

gNo NIOSH approval schedule is currently available for atmosphere supplying suits. This equipment may be used in an acceptable respiratory protection program as long as all the other minimum program requirements, with the exception of fit testing, are met (i.e., 12VAC5-481-820).

hThe licensee should implement institutional controls to assure that these devices are not used in areas immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH).

iThis type of respirator may be used as an emergency device in unknown concentrations for protection against inhalation hazards. External radiation hazards and other limitations to permitted exposure such as skin absorption shall be taken into account in these circumstances. This device may not be used by any individual who experiences perceptible outward leakage of breathing gas while wearing the device.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-229 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 24, Issue 18, eff. June 12, 2008; amended, Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 24, eff. August 25, 2016.

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