Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information, Materials and Services for those who work in the Agricultural Industry

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information, Materials and Services for those who work in the Agricultural Industry

Respirator Fit Test Clinics

NYCAMH provides respirator fit testing clinics annually throughout the state. They include medical evaluations, respirator fit tests, and WPS-compliant trainings on how to properly inspect, put on, take off, fit, seal, check, use, clean, maintain and store respirators.

Offered in English and Spanish, appointment slots can accommodate up to eight workers at a time. The cost is based on a sliding scale ($25 to $65 per person, based on farm gross income).

Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Schedule appointments through NYCAMH: 800-343-7527 or e-mail fit.test@bassett.org

According to the EPA Worker Protection Standard, agricultural workers applying a pesticide must comply with pesticide label specifications regarding respirator use. (The label will specify if a respirator is required and, if so, which type is needed.) OSHA requires that an annual fit test be performed with the same make, model, style, and size of respirator before it is used that year. In addition to being fit tested, pesticide applicators must be trained and medically cleared to ensure there are no health risks to an individual working and wearing a respirator. Farms must keep records of employee fit-tests for up to two years.

2022 Clinics 

To schedule an appointment, contact NYCAMH at 800-343-7527 or FitTest@bassett.org.

March 15 & 16     Suffolk County

March 17              Ulster County

April 7 & 8           Orleans County

April 8                   Niagara County (cancelled)

April 25 & 26        Orange County

May 2                    Warren County

May 3                    Albany County

May 12                  Ontario County

May 13                  Yates County

 

When to Use a Respirator

A respirator can protect you from harmful airborne substances related to a number of common farm tasks including:

  • Cleaning barns or other animal confinement areas
  • Handling dusty/moldy hay or bedding materials
  • Mixing footbath chemicals
  • Applying certain pesticides, fertilizers or other crop chemicals (check label requirements)
  • Silo filling, unloading or maintenance
  • Grain or silage handling or working in grain bins
  • Welding

How to Select a Respirator

The EPA Worker Protection Standard requires that anyone applying a pesticide—conventional and organic, on farms or in greenhouses—comply with pesticide label specifications regarding respirator use. The label will specify if a respirator is required and, if so, which type is needed.

OSHA requires that an annual fit test be performed with the same make, model, style, and size of respirator before it is used that year. In addition to the fit test, a pesticide applicator must be trained and medically cleared to insure there are no health risks to an individual working and wearing a respirator. See NYCAMH's calendar for fit testings in your region (atdir).

For additional information, contact one of NYCAMH's farm safety specialists at FitTest@bassett.org or 800-343-7527.

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