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Respiratory Protection Information

Respiratory protection may be necessary when engineering controls cannot control airborne exposures. Information on this Web page and Web pages listed on the left are intended to provide you with information to better understand respirator use, the respiratory protection program and the requirements associated with their use.

Medical Evaluations

Using a respirator may place a physiological burden on employees that varies with the type of respirator worn, the job and workplace conditions in which the respirator is used, and the medical status of the employee. In those situations where the use of a respirator is required, you must have a medical evaluation to determine your ability to use a respirator prior to use.

UWO uses Affinity Occupational Health Clinic or Theda Care at Work to perform these medical evaluations. The physician will review your medical evaluation questionnaire and will provide a written recommendation regarding your ability to use a respirator. The physician must know specific parameters of respirator use, such as the length of time that a person will use the respirator, the frequency of use, and any additional stresses that may be experienced during use.

Additionally, some employees are required to undergo a "periodic medical examination" under the medical surveillance provisions of the respiratory protection standard. If you are required to participate in the periodic evaluation, you will need to complete the Medical Questionnaire form.

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