The Catholic University of America


Before to allowing employees to wear respiratory protection, make sure that:

  • The employees have been evaluated to determine their ability to wear a respirator prior to being fit tested for or wearing a respirator for the first time in their workplace.

  • A physician or other licensed health care professional (PLHCP) has been identified to perform the medical evaluations.

  • Employees are provided follow-up medical exams if they answer positively to any of question 1 through 8 in Section 2, Part A of the OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire, or if their initial medical evaluation reveals that a follow-up exam is needed.

  • Medical evaluations are administered confidentially during normal work hours, and in a manner that is understandable to employees.

  • Employees are given the opportunity to discuss the medical evaluation results with the PLHCP.

  • The following supplemental information is provided to the PLHCP before he or she makes a decision about respirator use:

    • Type and weight of the respirator.

    • Duration and frequency of respirator use.

    • Expected physical work effort.

    • Additional protective clothing to be worn.

    • Potential temperature and humidity extremes.

    • Written copies of the respiratory protection program and standard.

  • Written recommendations are obtained from the PLHCP regarding each employee's ability to wear a respirator, and that the PLHCP has given the employee a copy of these recommendations.

  • Employees who are medically unable to wear a negative pressure respirator may be provided with a powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) if the are found by the PLHCP to be medically able to use a PAPR.

  • Employees are given additional medical evaluations when:

    • The employee reports symptoms related to his or her ability to use a respirator.

    • The PLHCP, respiratory protection administrator, or supervisor determines that a medical reevaluation is necessary.

    • Information from the respiratory protection program suggests a need for reevaluation.

    • workplace conditions have changed in a way that could potentially place an increased burden on an employee's health.