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Employees need to be medically cleared to wear respirators before commencing use. All respirators generally place a burden on the employee. Negative pressure respirators restrict breathing, some respirators can cause claustrophobia and self-contained breathing apparatuses are heavy. Each of these conditions may adversely affect the health of some employees who wear respirators. A physician or other licensed health care professional operating within the scope of his/her practice needs to medically evaluate employees to determine under what conditions they can safely wear respirators.

1910.134(e). Medical Evaluation.

1910.134 Appendix C. OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire (Mandatory).

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