Before you use a Respirator or before you are Fit-Tested, your Employer must evaluate whether or not you are medically able to wear it!
DO NOT just fill out a Medical Questionnaire Form in the field and think that you are good to go, because it has to be evaluated by a Physician or other Licensed Healthcare Professional, such as a Registered Nurse or Physician's Assistant!
Respirators can make breathing more difficult, not everyone is able to wear a Respirator, and some conditions that could prevent you from using a Respirator include heart conditions, lung disease, and psychological conditions like claustrophobia.
The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and State OSHA Agencies require that Employers provide these evaluations for free to all workers who are required to wear Respirators on the job.
The OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire is designed to identify general medical conditions that could place a worker at risk of serious medical consequences, if a Respirator is used. The Medical Questionnaire must be administered in a manner that ensures that you understand its content. It is important to answer the questions truthfully.
How we can help
ASC utilizes the Online 3M Respirator Medical Questionnaire. 3M facilitates a convenient method for employers to obtain a Medical Evaluations of Respirator wearers as required by the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134.
It is an easy-to-use questionnaire that helps establish the worker's clearance level for using a specific Respirator in your work conditions. It can be completed in 15-20 minutes using any computer with internet access, and is available every day, any time, to fit your Employees' schedules. You can use any Respirator brand (i.e. MSA, SCOTT, 3M, DRAEGER, North by Honeywell, Moldex) and you will receive immediate notification of clearance as well as on-line recordkeeping to track Employee status.
Sign up, take the Questionnaire, and get instant results with the 3M Online Respirator Medical Evaluation Service. There’s no minimum order or hidden costs, it is available in English or Spanish, and we already have an account so you will not have to create one. Contact Us to get started!
Benefits of Online 3M Medical Evaluation:
- Convenience - Evaluation can be used with all brands and types of respirators.
- Speed and Productivity - Most employees do not need to leave the work site. Employees and Employers receive immediate notification of the results. Clearance letters will be electronically mailed or faxed to the employer.
- Consistency and Quality - All Employees are evaluated using the same expanded OSHA Respirator Medical Questionnaire. 3M provides recordkeeping of Employee clearance status and board-certified, occupational medicine physicians complete the reviews and, where needed, make recommendations for further medical testing.
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Appendix C to Sec. 1910.134: OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire (Mandatory)
OSHA Personal Protection Equipment CFR 1910.134 Respiratory Protection
1910.134(e) Medical Evaluation. Using a respirator may place a physiological burden on employees that varies with the type of respirator worn, the job and workplace conditions in which the respirator is used, and the medical status of the employee. Accordingly, this paragraph specifies the minimum requirements for medical evaluation that employers must implement to determine the employee's ability to use a respirator.
1910.134(e)(1) General. The employer shall provide a medical evaluation to determine the employee's ability to use a respirator, before the employee is fit tested or required to use the respirator in the workplace. The employer may discontinue an employee's medical evaluations when the employee is no longer required to use a respirator.
1910.134(e)(4)(i) The medical questionnaire and examinations shall be administered confidentially during the employee's normal working hours or at a time and place convenient to the employee. The medical questionnaire shall be administered in a manner that ensures that the employee understands its content.