Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)

Respiratory Fit-Testing Services

I. PURPOSE:

The purpose of this service is to provide respirator fit-testing for UTHSCSA employees in accordance with the procedures set forth in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134 and the UTHSCSA Respiratory Protection Program.

 

II. RESPONSIBILITIES:

The responsibilities of supervisors and respirator wearers are outlined in the UTHSCSA Respiratory Program (RPP) document.

 

III. NEED FOR PROTECTION:

It is each supervisor’s responsibility to notify EH&S of all practices which may present the need for employees to wear respiratory protection. If engineering controls for achieving respiratory protection are neither technologically nor economically feasible, the use of respiratory protection is required. See the RPP for example tasks requiring respiratory protection.

 

IV. MEDICAL SURVEILLANCE:

Employees will not be assigned to tasks requiring use of respirators unless it has been determined that their health and physical condition will enable them to do so safely. This will be done by a Physician or other Licensed Health Care Provider (PLHCP) contracted by UTHSCSA at no cost to the employee. Please see the UTHSCSA RPP and 29 CFR 1910.134 for more information.

 

V. RESPIRATOR FIT-TESTING:

Employees must be properly fit-tested according to OSHA approved procedures. This testing shall be done prior to the first use of the respirator in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.134 Appendix A.

 

VI. TESTING SCHEDULE:

Fit testing will be conducted by appointment. The usual schedule will be between 1:00PM and 3:00PM on the first Wednesday and the last Tuesday of each month. Usually three tests will be scheduled each hour. Testing will be conducted in Room 1.222S of the Dental School.

 

VII. TEST PROCEDURES:

The procedures used will be those as outlined in 29 CFR 1910.134 for quantitative Fit Test (QNFT) Protocols. It is mandatory that those being tested have their own respirators with appropriate particulate filters. The test will not be conducted if there is any hair between the skin and the face-piece sealing surface.

 

VIII. RECORDKEEPING:

The fit-test Report will be signed by the fit test operator and the individual tested. Copies will be given to the individual or supervisor and a copy will be maintained by EH&S.

N95 respirator Guidance: N-95 Brochure, August 2016