THE IMPORTANCE OF RESPIRATOR Exams
Respirator medical evaluations are designed to ensure employees exposed to respirable toxins are properly protected. The results of the respirator medical evaluation also help employers make informed decisions about which employees can use respirators under specific environmental conditions and physical demands. Some medical conditions can make it difficult for an employee to wear a respirator at work. A respirator medical evaluation can help detect if wearing a respirator will limit or interfere with:
- Use of other required equipment
HOW RESPIRATOR MEDICAL EVALUATIONS WORK
A respirator medical evaluation requires an employee to complete an OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire. A physician or other licensed health care provider (PLHCP) reviews the questionnaire responses to determine if the employee has any symptoms or conditions that could undermine the effectiveness of a respirator. A follow-up medical exam and testing may also be performed before rendering a final decision.