For all members we at Indian Head had an issue with Safety during fit testing. After some research and a call to OSHA in Washington DC this is where we are at.
Both the Union and Management have agreed that we must follow the law and as such have also agreed that when fit tested if the tester does their job properly and asks for a member to trim back a mustache or be clean shaven that member will do so.
In saying that let me explain. To declare a person not fit to be tested because of the length of mustache the tester must have you Don your face piece and visibly see hair in the seal. OSHA, during my call with them, stated that any hair intrusion; including bushy eye brows, side burns, natural hair lines, mustaches, or daily facial growth; in any part of the seal would be a failure even if the test is performed and passed. They give no exclusions for any reason. The tester may let a person go with a days growth but they certainly do not have to and should not by law. Don't push that issue lest you want to get into detailed scrutiny with all areas of hair.
Discussion between the Union and Management will most certainly result in a forth coming SOG. This SOG should not be thought of as a screwing of the members in as much as a protection from Safety with their opinion based conclusions.
With all the above said, if your location has a grooming policy in place do not go against that policy. For example a military style policy that states mustaches no longer than the corner of the lip, please follow that rather than argue that "l can grow a 3/4 inch mustache and it passes the test for fit testing so I should be able to wear it." The Union will not have a good chance in defense and Management will have a case on you if you refuse.
VP Indian Head
Also note: this message was at the request and authorized by President Tatekawa