Respirators must be used in workplaces in which employees are exposed to hazardous airborne contaminants, such as silica. When respiratory protection is required employers must have a respirator protection program as specified in OSHA’s Respiratory Protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134)., Before wearing a respirator, workers must first be medically evaluated using the mandatory medical questionnaire or an equivalent method. Minnesota Occupational Health (MOH) can help with ensure your employees are safe to wear a respirator should it be via questionnaire or medical exam. To allow for a convenient experience, when you are working with MOH, we provide multiple questionnaire options. Our team can provide you a paper form of a respirator questionnaire or this can also be completed on our web page here. If an employee doesn’t pass based upon the questionnaire you will be notified that further testing may be required, such as a Spirometry or Pulmonary Function Test (PFT). Disclaimer--Before using our web form you must be set up as a client. Once set-up, you will receive your email clearance via email per company instructions.
Mask Fit Testing
  To ensure that your workforce is compliant with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and its revised respiratory protection standard. MOH can complete a respiratory fit test to verify a tight fit of the mask provided to prevent exposure to respiratory hazards. After an employee has medical approval to wear a respirator, a respirator fit test is the conducted to check if a respirator can be worn without leakage. The test should also be taken if there are changes to the face that can impact respiratory fit such as dental work and weight loss/gain. Fit testing is required to be done on an annual basis. MOH can perform both qualitative as well as quantitative fit testing. If your organization has a large number of employees to test, MOH can come on-site to perform fit testing. If interested in in further information or to schedule, please call 651-968-5300 or contact us here.