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Respirator fit test training is required annually or when workplace conditions change or a new type of respirator is used.
Under the Worker Protection Standard as revised in 2015, there are specific requirements for handlers and applicators when organic and non-organic pesticide labels require the use of a respirator.
Handlers and applicators are employees, owners and family members who apply, load, unload, rinse pesticide application equipment, or do other tasks involving the direct handling of pesticides.
According to OSHA, your employer must provide respirators, training, and medical evaluations at no cost to the employee. Your employer must also provide a medical evaluation to determine employee’s ability to use a respirator, before fit testing and use.
Before you and your employees can use a respirator, you must receive:
Follow these steps to ensure you are in compliance with the WPS. If you are the employer:
Additional things to consider:
Medical clearance is only required once, unless medical problems arise or a fit test indicates a need for re-evaluation. An annual fit test is required for all tight-fitting respirators, when required by the pesticide label.
Respirator training is required annually or when workplace conditions change or a new type of respirator is used.
Records and documentation of medical clearance, fit-testing and training must be maintained for at least two years.