United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Question 131: 10 CFR 20.1703 (a) (3) (iii) requires that

respirators be tested for operability immediately prior to

each use. How is this to be done?

Answer: This requirement is not new. It is essentially

the same as the requirement in 10 CFR 20.103 (c) (2). For

guidance on respirator operability tests (fit checks), see:

(1) Regulatory Position C.4.C in Regulatory Guide 8.15,

(2) Section in NUREG-0041, and (3) Section 7.4 and

Appendix A7 in ANSI Z88.2-1980. (Reference: 10 CFR


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