Toll Free: (866) 951-7377 Providing on-site services for hearing & respiratory protection programs May 23, 2019
Medical Clearances

Medical Clearances

• Half-face respirators
• Full-face respirators
• PAPR
• SCBA
• N95 filtering facepieces

Blood Pressure Screening

Spirometry Testing

• Pulmonary lung function testing

OSHA Medical Questionnaire

• Individual medical history

Occupational Safety can provide your employees with the medical clearances required for workers who wear respiratory protection.  After completion of the mandatory OSHA medical evaluation questionnaire, our technicians will perform a short blood pressure screening, followed by a pulmonary function test.  All of our technicians who conduct this testing have completed a NIOSH (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) certified course.  Our Medical Director evaluates these records and issues the appropriate medical clearances.

With pulmonary function testing, Occupational Safety can identify individuals with lung function impairment, who should only wear respirators under certain restrictions or not at all.  The pulmonary testing itself, called Spirometry, measures lung volume and flow, and is a good indicator of whether a person would have difficulty working while using respiratory protection equipment.  Spirometry also establishes a base line for pulmonary health which is necessary in trending changes in an individual or specific group of employees.

Spirometry is recognized as the only medical test available for the early detection of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).  This test can detect COPD 5 to 10 years before the onset of significant symptoms.  Spirometry is the recommended standard of care for the diagnosis and monitoring of Asthma and COPD, and is recommended by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Lung Health Education Program (NHLEP).

Annual pulmonary function testing not only verifies that employees are still fit to wear respiratory protection, but through trending analysis also identifies decreasing lung function, indicating a potential safety issue in the workplace.

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