Review requirements for respirator fit testing to ensure OSHA, CMS compliance
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June 1, 2019
Ensure whoever oversees fit testing of respirators on employees at your workplace — whether it’s someone within your organization or an outside contractor — understands what is required to correctly conduct the test to meet OSHA standards.
The failure to conduct proper fit testing of respirators can be cited under OSHA’s respiratory protection standard, 29 CFR 1910.134 and 29 CFR 1926.103, as well as CMS Conditions of Participation (CoP) for infection control. Hospitals were cited by CMS surveyors on at least two occasions in 2018 for either not having a respiratory protection program at all or for not conducting fit testing according to CDC or OSHA requirements.