Keep Workers Safe with Acuity’s Respirator Medical Evaluation Services

Ensure compliance with OSHA regulations and improve workplace safety with our comprehensive respirator medical evaluation services.

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Why Choose Acuity Respirator Medical Evaluation Services

Providing employees with access to quality, convenient on-site health care can help achieve better health outcomes, ensure a more productive workplace, and minimize absences from work.

To wear a respirator safely, OSHA requires employees to undergo medical evaluations to identify any underlying medical conditions that could put them at risk. Even if respirators aren’t required in the workplace and employees choose to wear one voluntarily, they must still be evaluated and fit tested.

Acuity offers easy, convenient, and confidential respirator medical evaluation and respirator fit testing services – whenever and wherever they are needed.

We provide responsive, flexible, and scalable programs that are tailor-made for an employer’s unique needs and risks. Our cost-effective solutions are backed by robust, centralized analytics for ease of case management, including real-time applicant tracking and reporting, data management and transmission, licensed physician medical review services, and more.

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What We Do

  • OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire review
  • Follow-up OSHA-compliant respirator physical exam and testing
  • Respirator clearance and fit testing (including a written medical opinion – WMO – for respirator use)
  • Ongoing re-evaluation services
  • Rapidly report verified results
  • Direct and secure link to all certified evaluation results
  • Subject matter expertise, guidance, and program management to ensure alignment with federal, state, and local requirements

Customized to meet the specific needs of your company

Adaptable, flexible, and scalable programs for employers’ unique needs, job descriptions, and risks.

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Qualified and certified medical examiners

A network of more than 11,000 healthcare providers, registered nurses, and certified medical examiners in 50 states and U.S. territories – ready to support any onsite health clinic need.

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Convenient and effective scheduling

A seamless, integrated, and confidential process backed by 24/7 customer service, from test scheduling to real-time tracking.

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What is a Respirator Medical Evaluation?

A respirator medical evaluation is required by OSHA and determines if an employee is fit to wear a respirator on the job (respirator medical clearance). As part of the exam, employees must complete an OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire. A physician or licensed medical examiner reviews the responses. If it’s determined that the employee has a condition or symptom that could impact the use or effectiveness of a respirator a follow-up medical exam may be performed.

Once an employee is declared fit for respirator use, they will receive respirator medical clearance. If cleared with restrictions, the worker may be permitted to use a loose-fitting (positive pressure) respirator instead.

A respirator exam must be conducted before an employee is fit-tested for respirator use. It is recommended that a respirator exam be performed every two years.

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Benefits of Regular Respirator Medical Evaluations

Respirator medical evaluations are an important part of occupational health and safety. They ensure that workers who are exposed to hazardous toxins are properly protected.

An examination helps determine who is suitable to wear a mask and whether it interferes with vision, breathing, communication, and equipment operation.

Employers can ensure compliance with OSHA guidelines by requiring at-risk employees to complete a mandatory medical questionnaire and, if necessary, undergo a licensed medical examination.

A regular respirator medical evaluation is needed if there are any changes in the employee’s health, work environment, respirator type, and regulatory requirements.

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Our Services

With over 48 years of industry experience, Acuity is one of the nation’s leading providers of respirator exams and respirator fit testing to federal, commercial, and international clients.

Our respirator medical evaluation questionnaire review and respirator physical exam services are tailored to the unique needs, risks, and compliance requirements of each organization.

We use an extensive network of medical clinics, lab service centers, our Mobile Medical Unit, and 24/7 on-site medical services to successfully execute compliant and high-quality respirator exams for a wide variety of clients and employee populations.

From exam scheduling through real-time tracking to physician medical review and determination reporting, our centralized data-driven process is seamless, integrated, and backed by 24/7 customer care.

Our nationwide medical provider network of 11,000+ healthcare providers is well-established, assuring a higher start-up value, better cost control, and reduced operational risk for our clients.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do employees need a medical examination to use a respirator?

Before an employee can use a respirator on-the-job, they must get respirator clearance from a licensed physician or medical examiner stating that they are fit to wear a respirator.

The standard evaluation is an OHSA questionnaire. The employee completes the questionnaire which is then reviewed by a licensed healthcare professional. A follow-up medical exam may also be performed before full respirator clearance is determined.

What is OSHA respirator medical clearance?

When respiratory protection is required in the workplace, employers must have a respirator protection program in place as specified in OSHA’s Respiratory Protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134). Before wearing a respirator, workers must first be medically evaluated using the mandatory medical questionnaire or an equivalent method.

Employers must ensure that a follow-up medical examination is provided for any employee who meets certain criteria (although the employer cannot review an employee’s responses) or that the medical examination demonstrates the need for a follow-up exam.

There are multiple levels of clearance, including clearance with no restrictions, cleared with restrictions (such as the use of a different type of mask), and not cleared for respirator use.

What does a respirator medical evaluation consist of?

Most employees are cleared for respirator use based on their responses to the OSHA questionnaire. If a medical evaluation is required, a licensed medical examiner will perform a physical exam, diagnostics, and/or medical tests.

What is a respirator vs. a mask?

A respirator is designed to reduce the wearer’s exposure to airborne contaminants such as gases or vapors. Respirators are selected based on the hazards present and must provide a tight seal against the face so that air is pulled through the respirator. Respirator masks are evaluated, tested, and approved by regulatory agencies.

A mask, such as a surgical mask, does not provide a tight seal and does not filter small – potentially hazardous – particles from the air. A surgical mask should not be used in place of a respirator in workplaces where employees are exposed to hazardous contaminants or substances.

How often are respirator physicals required?

It is essential to perform a regular respiratory evaluation if there is any change in the employee’s health, the work environment, the type of respirator being worn, or any regulatory requirements.

Generally, a respirator medical evaluation should be performed every two years.

Respirator Medical Evaluation Services – Partner with Acuity International

Keep workers safe and ensure compliance with OSHA requirements with Acuity respirator medical evaluation services.

At Acuity, we combine compliance-focused respirator exam services, advanced technology, and a widespread provider network to give organizations a 24/7 occupational health advantage.