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N95 FITS Testing Appointments for Students: Appointment Request

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) designed a hospital respiratory protection program toolkit to assist hospitals in developing and implementing effective respiratory protection programs with an emphasis on preventing the transmission of aerosol transmissible diseases (ATDs) to healthcare personnel.  Healthcare personnel are designated as individuals who provide patient care in a healthcare setting or support the delivery of healthcare by providing clerical, dietary, housekeeping, engineering, security, or maintenance services.  Healthcare personnel may potentially be exposed to ATD pathogents.  Aerosols are particles or droplets suspended in air.  ATDs are diseases transmitted when infectious agents, which are suspended or present in particles or droplets, contact the mucous membranes or are inhaled. NIOSH [2015] online

The Joint Commission and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) collaborated to develop a new educational monograph designed to assist hospitals in implementing their respiratory protection programs (RPPs).  Infographics, fact sheets, blogs, videos, and journal articles can be found online at the CDC website.

The Office of Institutional Health and Occupational Health and the Office of Safety Services with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) have begun the process of creating and implementing the new FITS Testing Center protocols to ensure implementation of CDC recommended standards and procedures for proper FITS testing of N95 masks to ensure the safety and security to the health and well-being of individuals who provide direct patient care or work in labs.  The TTUHSC guidelines for using N-95 respirators are found in TTUHSC OP 75.12 to provide guidance in the voluntary use of N-95 respirators and to promote compliance.  

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Office Hours: 8-4/M-F
Clinic Hours: 9-3/M-F
Office Location: 1A150

FITS Testing:  1AB099

Occupational Health Nurse

Shayla Lawson Ford, RN

Ph: (806) 743-3441