Alaska has adopted the federal safety and health regulations for respiratory protection general industry workplaces by reference (8 AAC 61.1010), and has adopted additional requirements that are stricter than federal rules when employees are required to use supplied-air respirators.
The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development/Occupational Safety and Health Section (AKOSH) administers and enforces workplace safety and health rules for private and public sector workplaces in the state.
8 AAC 61.1030
Employers must station a competent employee outside of the work area to monitor and attend the compressor and other equipment supplying breathing air. This employee must be trained in supplied-air systems and must receive instruction in the function and maintenance of the particular supplied-air system that is being used. The employee must also be able to demonstrate the ability to respond appropriately to a malfunction of the system.
As an alternative to such an equipment attendant, employers have the option of using engineering controls on the compressor consisting of:
- Alarms for compressor failure and overheating.
- A carbon monoxide alarm.
- In-line adsorbents and filters for all compressed-air systems in order to deliver Grade D air.
- Alarms to alert respirator wearers of problems either remotely or by being loud enough to be heard up to 300 feet away.
- Inspection of the monitoring equipment, alarms, and filters must be before use to ensure they are working properly.