Respiratory Protection Lecture and Fit-Testing Session

Posted on Jan 10, 2015
JR Smith, ASP, NMNH Safety Manager & AIC Health and Safety Committee member, conducting a fit-test at the AIC Annual Meeting.

JR Smith, ASP, NMNH Safety Manager & AIC Health and Safety Committee member, conducting a fit-test at the AIC Annual Meeting.

The Washington Conservation Guild, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, Potomac Section, and the Health and Safety Committee of the American Institute for Conservation presents:

On Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 5 pm at the Smithsonian American Art Museum join us for the Lecture portion by Lee Foley, CIH, CS­P, Director, Health and Safety EQM and Current President of the Potomac Section AIHA.

The meeting will be held at the MacMillan Education Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum (F St. entrance)
8th & F Street NW, Washington DC
Gallery Place Metro (Red/Yellow/Green lines)

This is a new benefit offered to WCG members who do not have access to this through their work.  This is a 3-part process:

Feb 19: Respiratory Protection Lecture (required before Fit-Test Session) – General information on care, maintenance and proper use. The critical element is selecting and using the right type of respirator and filter/cartridge to abate the specific chemical or particulate hazards a conservator is faced with.  Recommendations for making these assessments (local industrial hygiene/safety services; respirator vendor resources) will be discussed.

Medical Clearance (On your own, required before Fit-Test Session) – Certification from your health provider that you are medically cleared to wear a respirator (forms and instructions to be provided at the Feb 19 lecture; scheduling with your health care provider is your responsibility.

Mid-April (TBD, probably on a Sunday) Individual Fit-Testing Appointments – Conducted by Certified Industrial Hygienists, in accordance with OSHA protocols.  Sign-up for time slots at the Feb 19 lecture. Do not purchase a respirator for this fit-test. A selection of half-mask respirator models and sizes will be available for attendee to try during the fit-test.

Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible to Include your name, your institution or business name, business address, and email. NOTE: If you already own a respirator and want to bring it to verify proper fit, include the manufacturer and model number/type on your RSVP sign-up.

RSVP deadline February 10, 2015

You must be a member to sign up. If you are not currently a WCG member but would like to take advantage of this unique opportunity, join or renew today on our website at:”

The cost of this test fit is $5, which will be collected at the lecture.

Attached please find some documents necessary to complete the test fit. These were available at the lecture.

AIC Using Filtering Facepiece Respirators OSHA Med Exam Questionnaire Physician or Other Licensed Health Care Professional Approval Form WCG Respirator Overview 2015 Final