Respirator Fitting and Health Certification

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RESPIRATOR FIT TEST

 As of January 1, 2017, the NCDA&CS now requires Worker Protection Standards (WPS) stating that a respirator fit test and medical clearance card are necessary to mix, load, handle, or apply any pesticide that requires the use of a respirator, as prescribed by the pesticide label. Pesticide inspections by the
NCDA&CS will require documentation from anyone who mixes, handles, or applies pesticides requiring a respirator on the product label to have an ANNUAL medical clearance and respirator fit test regardless of whether the person is a licensed applicator. This means even employees, supervised workers, and family that utilize these pesticides will need to maintain this documentation.

We do not maintain a list of all pesticides requiring a respirator, as prescribed on the product label. However, these products include: Paraquat (Gramoxone), Lorsban, and Acephate. We highly encourage you to read the labels of ALL products you have and apply to determine if they specifically require the use of a respirator.

 Due to the vacancy of agriculture positions in neighboring counties, agents in Stanly County will be
organizing an opportunity for all pesticide applicators to be trained, medically cleared, and documented to safely utilize a respirator and apply products requiring a respirator.

 NC Cooperative Extension is working with Occupational Team Solutions to offer another fit testing and medical clearance certification on Wednesday, March 28th.
The cost is $85 per person.

 There are very few opportunities across the state to receive this training, respirator fit test, and health clearance certification. This will likely be the last opportunity until August of 2018.

 

TO REGISTER, FOLLOW THE THREE-STEP PROCESS BELOW.
 

Registration

STEP ONE:

FILL OUT THE ATTACHED OSHA
MEDICAL EVALUATION QUESTIONNAIRE AND MAIL TO:

Occupational Team Solutions P.O. Box 38517 Greensboro, NC27438

OSHA MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE
AND PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN March 12, 2018 TO PERMIT ADEQUATE
TIME FOR PHYSICIAN REVIEW.

REMIT PAYMENT WITH YOUR OSHA
MEDICAL EVALUATION FORMS.
COST: $ 85.00

Acceptable method is CHECK
only. Please do not mail cash. Credit cards are not accepted.
Make check
payable to: Occupational Team Solutions

You will receive a receipt at your appointment. Receipts should be kept for your records and business tax
deduction.

COST INCLUDES: Physician review of OSHA medical questionnaire/clearance for fit test. On site Respirator Fit Test. Each person who successfully completes are respirator fit test will
receive a Certificate of compliance.

 

STEP TWO:

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR
RESPIRATOR FIT TEST.

YOU MUST SCHEDULE
YOUR APPOINTMENT BY March 23
rd BY CALLING 704-983-3987 between 8:30am and 4:00pm.

STEP THREE:

EMPLOYEE ATTENDS RESPIRATOR
FIT TEST APPOINTMENT.

-NO FACIAL HAIR GROWTH OVER 3 DAYS. WE RECOMMEND EMPLOYEE BE CLEAN SHAVEN.

-BRING ANY PERSONAL
PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT THAT WILL BE WORN WHEN USING A RESPIRATOR MASK. ( i.e, safety glasses, hard hat, etc.)

 NOTE: DO NOT PURCHASE A RESPIRATOR MASK PRIOR
TO COMING TO YOUR APPOINTMENT FOR RESPIRATOR FIT TESTING. APPROPRIATE MASK AND
MODEL WILL BE DETERMINED BY OUR TECHNICIANS.

 

RESPIRATOR-EVALUATION-MEDICAL-QUESTIONNAIRE

Click this link to download and print

 

Questions? Call Dustin Adcock
or Samantha Foster at 704-983-3987

 

Written By

Photo of Dustin Adcock, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDustin AdcockExtension Agent, Agriculture- Field Crops & Horticulture (704) 983-3987 (Office) dustin_adcock@ncsu.eduStanly County, North Carolina
Updated on Feb 20, 2018
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