Fit Tests, Medical Evaluations Critical to Compliance
What Is a Respiratory Protection Program?
Whenever OSHA standards or employers require respirator use in the workplace, OSHA mandates the employer to develop a comprehensive Respiratory Protection Program (RPP). The RPP establishes a set of procedures to protect workers and train them in the safe and appropriate use of respirators.
Failure to implement a Respiratory Protection Program can result in costly OSHA fines.
How the Respiratory Protection Program Works
- Selection of respirators for workplace use;
- Medical evaluations of employees required to use respirators;
- Respirator fit testing for tight-fitting respirators;
- Proper use of respirators in routine and emergency situations;
- Respirator cleaning, disinfection, storage, inspection, repair and disposal;
- Provisions for adequate air quality, quantity, and flow of breathing air for atmosphere-supplying respirators;
- Training employees to handle potential exposure to respiratory hazards during routine and emergency situations;
- Training employees to properly don and remove respirators and to understand mask limitations; and
- Regular evaluation of program effectiveness.
In addition to regular program evaluation, employers must update the program’s written procedures whenever any changes in workplace conditions affect respirator use.
Your Partner in Respiratory Protection Compliance
- Prior to every fit test, our clinicians review workers’ medical evaluations to make sure they are medically able to wear the designated respirator.
- Once a worker is medically cleared, our fit testers ensure that the respirator fits the worker’s facial configuration and forms a tight seal, protecting them from airborne hazards.
We pair every fit test solution – On-Site, FIT KIT™ or In-Clinic – with online medical evaluations, giving you the peace of mind that comes with compliance.