According to the survey, 69 percent of respondents reported a high level of difficulty complying with the new OSHA requirement. Of these, a majority (75 percent) work in non-government, not-for-profit hospitals, are responsible for fit-testing between 500 and 5,000 individuals (61 percent), and have an employee health staff of three or smaller (69 percent).
Respirator fit-testing is typically handled internally. Eighty percent of respondents indicated that employee health services, or employee health services in combination with other hospital departments administer their facilityâ€™s respirator program. That compares to seven percent who use an outside vendor.
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