[MCOH-EH] Fit testing for employee who brings own respirator to work

Hughes, Dennis DHughes2 at peacehealth.org
Wed May 27 16:39:52 PDT 2020

My response is specific to filtering face-piece respirators as referenced in the question below.  For any other respirator, a written program and medical evaluation would be required.

Thank you,

Dennis Hughes  |  Caregiver Injury Prevention Coordinator  |  Caregiver Health & Compliance
PeaceHealth  |  3333 RiverBend Dr  |  Springfield, OR 97477 
office 541 222-2539  | mobile 903 288-2799 | efax 541 431-8383

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For Oregon, we are not required to conduct medical clearance or fit testing for voluntary use.  Oregon matches the Federal standard closely but it's worth verifying your specific state's plan if established.  For voluntary use, employers are required to provide a copy of Appendix D to 1910.134 though.  If voluntary respirators are allowed, other considerations include: evaluating to ensure the respirator doesn't create a hazard for the tasks being performed and/or if there are environmental factors that the worker feels exist which require the respirator.

Thank you,

Dennis Hughes  |  Caregiver Injury Prevention Coordinator  |  Caregiver Health & Compliance PeaceHealth  |  3333 RiverBend Dr  |  Springfield, OR 97477 office 541 222-2539  | mobile 903 288-2799 | efax 541 431-8383

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Good evening everyone,

Unusual situation - in this new COVID-19 era, an employee whose work is administrative in nature wants to use their own N95 at work evening though only a surgical mask is needed.

If we allow that, are we required to do medical clearance and for testing for her?

Thank you,

Craig Thorne, M.D.

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