Respiratory Examinations and Monitoring

Although respiratory protections is specifically covered by OSHA, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Worker Protection Standard 40 USC part 170 states that workers should wear respiratory protection in certain agricultural areas. Federal Regulation 39 CFR 1910.134 requires employers to designate a program administrator to implement a respiratory protection program. This requires workers to complete an OSHA respirator medical evaluation questionnaire and have this reviewed by a

Table 8.1. Criteria to decide if drivers must have physical examinations (must meet only one).

If the vehicle:

1. Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight, or gross combination weight, of 4537 kg (10,001 lb) or more, whichever is greater

2. Is designed or used to transport more than eight passengers (including the driver) for compensation

3. Is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers (including the driver) and is not used to transport passengers for compensation

4. Is used in transporting material found by the Secretary of Transportation to be hazardous under 49 USC 5103 and transported in a quantity requiring placarding under regulations prescribed by the Secretary under 49 CFR, subtitle B, Chapter 1, subchapter C

Data from Hartenbaum (3).

qualified health care worker. Depending on the circumstances, the worker may be required to undergo a complete physical examination and, if indicated by circumstances, pulmonary function test, tuberculosis testing, and chest x-ray (4).

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