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For more information on below Table A-2 go to this link Appendix A of OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard
|Bending Over ...........||The test subject shall bend at the waist, as if going to touch his/her toes for 50 seconds and inhale 2 times at the bottom2.||A 20 second ambient sample, followed by a 30 second mask sample.|
|Talking ......................||The test subject shall talk out loud slowly and loud enough so as to be heard clearly by the test conductor for 30 seconds. He/she will either read from a prepared text such as the Rainbow Passage, count backward from 100, or recite a memorized poem or song.||A 30 second mask sample.|
|Head Side-to-Side ....||The test subject shall stand in place, slowly turning his/her head from side to side for 30 seconds and inhale 2 times at each extreme2.||A 30 second mask sample.|
|Head Up-and-Down||The test subject shall stand in place, slowly moving his/her head up and down for 39 seconds and inhale 2 times at each extreme2.||A 30 second mask sample followed by a 9 second ambient sample.|
1Exercises are listed in the order in which they are to be administered.
2It is optional for test subjects to take additional breaths at other times during this exercise.
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