Respirator Fit Testing & Medical Clearance Events

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  • March 22, 2017 in the multi-purpose room of the Hyde County Government Center (30 Oyster Creek Road, Swan Quarter) from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • March 27, 2017 at the Beaufort County Extension Office (155-A Airport Road, Washington) from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • March 28, 2017 at the Washington County Extension Office (128 E Water Street, Plymouth) from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

According to the new Worker Protection Standard, When a respirator is required by product labeling applicators must complete a medical evaluation and be fit tested annually. The employer must train the applicators on the specific use of the respirator and maintain records of the training for two years.”  This includes dust mist respirators. Many products require use of a respirator. Some examples are: Gramoxone (Paraquat), Orthene (Acephate), Direx (Diuron), and Folex. Pesticide inspectors will be looking for respirator fit test certificates during random inspections.

Fit testing and medical clearance will be done by Henderson & Associations. Fit testing is $40 and medical clearance is $40. Medical clearance can also be obtained before the event at your doctor’s office. In order to gain medical clearance, please fill out the attached forms and take them to your local doctor’s office or bring them with you on the day of the fit testing. You can bring your own mask or they will have masks available for purchase. The type of respirator you are fit tested in will be the type you are required to use.

Patients participating should: avoid smoking within one-hour prior to test, avoid eating a large meal within one-hour prior to the test, and avoid the use of a bronchial dilator within two hours prior to the test. Also, please be sure not to have any hair obstructing the seal of the mask (per OSHA respirator requirements).

Gramoxone Label:

Gramoxone label

If you have any questions, please call Andrea Gibbs at 252.926.4488 or 252.542.9300.