Respiratory Protection — Respirator Use — Physical Qualifications for Personnel
|Publication Date:||1 January 2006|
This standard provides information that is useful for the medical evaluation of respirator users. This standard does not deal with medical surveillance or biological exposure monitoring. It is understood that local circumstances vary, that no set of guidelines can cover all situations, and that specific programs and procedures should be modified for each individual workplace. Medical evaluation is only one element of a complete respiratory protection program. A complete respiratory protection program is defined in ANSI Z88.2-1992.
This standard provides information and guidance to physicians or other licensed health care professionals (PLHCPs) to assist them in determining the medical suitability of personnel for respirator use. It identifies the responsibility of management to provide the PLHCP with supplemental information before the PLHCP makes a recommendation concerning an employee's ability to use a respirator (see Section 7.1 of this Standard). Evaluators shall use their clinical judgment in the application of these guidelines and require additional information or evaluation as necessary to permit certification or classification for respirator use.