Respiratory Protection Lecture and Fit-Testing Session

Posted on Jan 20, 2016
Fit-Test Lee and Steven

Lee Foley, CIH, CS¬P, Director, Health and Safety EQM and Steven Pickman, WCG member

On Monday, March 7, 2016, at 3 pm join us for Lecture and fit test by Amber Carlberg, CIH, CS­P; National Institute of Standards and Technology. Presented by the Washington Conservation Guild, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, Potomac Section, and the Health and Safety Committee of the American Institute for Conservation.

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 benefit offered to WCG members who do not have access to this through their work. This fit test program is intended for individuals who are self-employed or who do not have respiratory protection program provided through their employer.  OSHA regulations state that if you perform work that requires the use of a respirator that your employer must provide the appropriate respiratory protection, medical evaluation, training, information and fit testing.  Your employer is best suited to provide site-specific training on the hazards in your workplace, should be aware that you are using (or want to use) a respirator, and needs to try to remove the hazards before respirator use is required. Please check with your employer before registering. This is a 3-part process:

March 7, 3-4 pmLecture - 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.

March 7, 4-7 pm – Individual Fit-Testing Appointments – Conducted by Certified Industrial Hygienists, in accordance with OSHA protocols. When you RSVP, you can sign up for an individual time slot. If you own a respirator already, please bring it. 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.

Medical Clearance (On your own, required before March 7) – Certification from your health provider that you are medically cleared to wear a respirator (forms and instructions are available below); scheduling with your health care provider is your responsibility.

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 March 1, 2016

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.

Finding a Physician

AOEC List Occ Env Health Clinics 2016

OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire 2015

Physician Approval Form OSHA_01_2016_FINAL