When it comes to medical surveillance testing, you should have more options.
Why send your team to urgent care, where they will wait in long lines with the general public, costing you money and downtime.
Your testing should be done on your terms and completed around your schedule.
That’s why we test 24/7/365 Onsite.
At KSA Occupational Services, we’re all about keeping your workplace productive and OSHA-compliant.
We test Nationwide.
· Need Audio Hearing Exams, Respirator Fit Testing, Pulmonary Function testing (Spirometry) and OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluations?
How about Certified DOT Physicals, and drug testing? , Hearing Conservation Training?
Meet all of your OSHA-required medical surveillance testing requirements at one time.
We safely maintain your company health records and offer you full accessibility.
Questions & Answers for your Respirator Fit Tests and Respiratory Clearance Medical Evaluations:
Information to know: Every person required to wear a respirator in the workplace must be:
(1.) Medically evaluated to see if respirator use is safe for them and
(2.) Fit tested to make sure the respirator doesn’t leak. Employers are responsible for making sure these tests happen.
Why a medical evaluation before respirator use? High blood pressure, asthma and emphysema can interfere with the safe use of respirators. So can bronchitis, epilepsy, even claustrophobia, anxiety and previous heart attack or stroke.
Medical evaluations must be provided by employers, but it doesn’t mean that employees must go see the doctor. Employers can have workers fill out the questionnaire from OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard, appendix C
A PLHCP Medical Provider then reviews the answers for approval or not, and further determination if further exam is needed (PFT Spirometry or other exam)
Next, an employee must undergo a Respirator Fit Test with the make, model and size of respirator that he or she will wear on the job. Note: Only tight-fitting respirators need to be fit tested.
Two options: qualitative and quantitative.
First, qualitative. This checks for air leaks while the person is wearing a respirator. A hood is placed over their head.
A sweet, bitter or banana smelling gas is introduced into the hood. If the person can smell or taste the gas, there is a leak. Irritant smoke can also be used which causes coughing, though it is not performed with the hood.
Second, Quantitative. A machine is attached to the mask by a hose. It can measure if there’s a leak and how large the leak is.
Other considerations for fit tests:
— They must be performed at least once every 12 months.
— The seal can be impacted by facial hair, facial scars, major dental work, facial surgery and even significant weight loss or gain.
— The other gear a person will wear on the job can affect a good fit too. Glasses or goggles are examples.
— If a respirator doesn’t fit an employee, the employer must provide alternative respirators.
— Fit tests can be performed by the employer or by an outside party such as a Mobile testing company for on-site testing.
— Once cleared to use a respirator at work, an employee should perform a seal check before use daily. Look to the respirators manufacturer for procedures. There are two methods: negative pressure check and positive pressure check. These involve covering certain parts of the respirator and inhaling or exhaling.
Complete Your Respirator Clearance with KSA Occupational Services
As per OSHA, employers must provide the respirator medical clearance questionnaire to any employee required to wear a respirator at work to ensure that each employee is medically able to do so. At KSA Occupational services, we make completing the questionnaire an easy and affordable process. Your employees can complete the questionnaire , have it reviewed by our staff Medical Provider, and have a respirator clearance certificate issued. All information provided on the medical questionnaire will be handled in accordance to HIPAA and OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1910.134 guidelines.
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