Martin, if you're paying all that attention, most people in the business, in the industry, really pay attention to that. We were really really concerned about the fact that, first of all, that the standard went out with a fully assigned protection factor. That fact that it went out with assigned protection factor and has a minimum penetration of 100% for airborne contaminants, and has dynamic fit for a lot of things. There are materials and things that were going to be problematic, and if you look in the rule, it talks about that now very, very, very clearly, that we were going to get into a situation where we're talking about things like filters in respirators to become atmospheric contaminants and have to go under the assigned protection factor.
I really do like the statement in the proposed rule, that they're going to wait for the comment period. And when I say they're going to wait, I'm not necessarily talking about the comment period. I'm talking about the time from the publication of the rule itself on the 24th until the final rule on the 22nd. I think most people will wait until the last minute to see what OSHA is actually going to do. And OSHA says, will you review this again in one year? And the answer is most people probably will. But I don't think people will actually have all the information, all the information they need to comment and let's say, all the information they need to figure out what the hell OSHA's going to do. And I don't know whether they'll have all the information in one year or at least a lot of it.
And there's a possibility that, you know, the EPA, the food and drug administration, is going to have a say here too. They can promulgate their own hazardous substance standard, certain hazardous substance standard that would be entirely different from OSHA's because they're focused on workers and worker protection. It might be that we perceive that the one that comes out first on the 22nd for respirator, is sort of that higher octane fuel that's going to enable everybody to, you know, jump over or under the other. And I think most people are a little concerned that that might be the case. d2c66b5586