The Online Respirator Medical Evaluation System is a convenient method of providing efficient, cost-effective, and secure medical evaluations for respirator wearers. The system meets all requirements of OSHA’s respirator standard, 29CFR1910.134, and other compliance standards that incorporate OSHA’s respirator standard. It can be used for all brands of respirators and is available in English and Spanish.
Step 1: Employer sets up an account with 3M.
Step 2: Employer is notified by 3M via email when account is verified and then employer is sent instructions on how to register employees for medical evaluation. (Note- Company is open Monday-Friday, Central time)
Step 3: Employees complete online questionnaire.
Step 4: Employer and employees are notified by 3M via email with medical clearance status (pass, fail or requires further information). This usually occurs on the same day, during business hours.
What is a Fit Test?
Instead of wasting your masks with other types of testing, we use the OSHA-approved qualitative fit test. This test may only be used to fit-test:
Negative-pressure, air-purifying respirators, as long as they’ll only be used in atmospheres where the hazard is at less than 10 times the permissible exposure limit.
Tight fitting face pieces used with powered and atmosphere-supplying respirators.
The test is pass/fail and relies on the user’s senses using one of four OSHA-accepted test agents:
Isoamyl acetate (banana smell); only for testing respirators with organic vapor cartridges.
Saccharin (sweet taste); can test respirators with a particulate filter of any class.
Bitrex® (bitter taste); can also test respirators with particulate filters of any class.
Irritant smoke (involuntary cough reflex); only for testing respirators with level 100 particulate filters.