ANR Environmental Health & Safety
University of California
ANR Environmental Health & Safety



Do I need a medical clearance to wear a respirator?


Yes, any employee who wears a respirator for work must to complete a Medical Evaluation Questionnaire, which will be submitted to a qualified medical professional for evaluation prior to respirator fit testing and work. Additional medical evaluations are not required unless the following conditions occur:

  • the employee reports medical signs or symptoms related to their ability to wear a respirator;
  • a medical professional or supervisor informs the employer of the need for a re-evaluation;
  • observations during the fit test indicate a need for re-evaluation; or
  • a change to the working conditions that substantially increase the physiological burden to employee(s) while wearing a respirator

Last Updated

February 16, 2011

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