Fit testing is extremely important in a variety of industries and for a variety of applications. It confirms the fit of a respirator on a user’s face before it is used in the workplace—and by confirming that there is a tight seal, it ensures that workers are receiving the expected level of protection and safety. So, let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions about N95 fit testing and OSHA requirements.
Waste anesthetic gases can be found in operating rooms, surgical recovery and other post-anesthesia care units, and research labs, and can come from anesthesia machines, ventilators, breathing systems, and waste-gas scavenging systems. WAG include both nitrous oxide and halogenated anesthetics such as halothane, enflurane, isoflurane, desflurane, sevoflurane, and methoxyflurane (no longer used in the United States).
Non-ionizing radiation in the workplace, if not properly controlled, can pose a health risk to exposed workers. Health effects by electric and magnetic field exposure source are noted in radar traffic devices, wireless communications with cellular phones, radio transmission, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
In the workplace, ionizing radiation can come in the forms of naturally occurring radioactive materials, like radon in mining, in industrial or medical radioisotopes, tracer elements, or from x-ray machines, radar generators, nuclear reactors, or hazardous waste sites.