Respiratory Fit Testing in Agricultural Communities (June 24, 2020)
Recorded On: 06/24/2020
Respiratory PPE fit testing helps assure the best protection against dangerous airborne particles. Agricultural workers face a myriad of challenges in obtaining a proper fit test and who can provide this service. Additionally, there are gray areas of misunderstanding about the fit testing mandates in certain agricultural populations.
Intended Audience: Agricultural workers, including women in agriculture; managers and owners of agricultural businesses; educational and healthcare organizations serving an agricultural population.
Upon completion of this webinar, participants in this webinar will :
- understand the difference between a respirator fit test and a fit check (seal check) procedure
- determine who should be fit tested for respiratory personal protective equipment (PPE)
- know who can perform a fit test what tools are necessary for a fit test procedure
- locate current reliable resources that provide information on respiratory fit testing
This material was produced under grant number SH-05172-SH9 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
Charlotte Halverson, RN, BSN, COHN-S
Clinical Director, AgriSafe Network
Charlotte Halverson is an occupational health nurse for the AgriSafe Network and serves as the network’s Clinical Director. In that capacity, she researches, develops resources, and presents webinar and in person educational sessions on a variety of health and safety topics specific to the agricultural workforce. Prior to this role, she worked for several years in hospital acute care settings and community education. During those years, Charlotte developed and managed a Rural Outreach Health service and a Parish Health Ministry department serving nine counties in northeast Iowa.
She is a "charter graduate" of the University of IA agricultural occupational medicine course, is certified in occupational hearing conservation and completed the NIOSH Spirometry training.
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