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
February 16, 2011