OSHA’s Respiratory Protection standard (and other health standards that require respiratory protection) for all workers,
NY STATE HAS WAIVED FIT TESTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
Our previous memoranda, Temporary Enforcement Guidance - Healthcare Respiratory Protection Annual Fit-Testing for N95 Filtering Facepieces During the COVID-19 Outbreak, issued on March 14, 2020, and Enforcement Guidance for Respiratory Protection and the N95 Shortage Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic, issued on April 3, 2020, provided temporary guidance for 29 CFR § 1910.134, regarding required annual fit testing of HCP and use of respirators beyond their manufacturer’s recommended shelf life, respectively. This memorandum provides additional guidance on enforcing OSHA’s Respiratory Protection standard (and other health standards that require respiratory protection) for all workers, including HCP. In light of the essential need for adequate supplies of respirators, this memorandum will take effect immediately and remain in effect until further notice. This guidance is intended to be time-limited to the current public health crisis. Please frequently check OSHA’s webpage at www.osha.gov/coronavirus for updates.
The link below will take you to the ADA’s “Conducting Respiratory Fit Tests and Seal Checks” on their website.: https://success.ada.org/~/media/CPS/Files/COVID/Conducting_Respirator_Fit_Tests_And_Seal_Checks.pdf?utm_source=cpsorg&utm_medium=covid-main-lp&utm_content=cv-n95-respirator-fit-tests-and-seal-checks&utm_campaign=covid-19Here is some further info:
You may also reach out to your county’s Department of Health for further information:
The ADA released a guide on coding and billing for protective personal equipment. This guide includes information includes responses to frequently asked questions, especially as they relate to charges for PPE when participating with third-party payment programs. Some third-party payers are launching programs to provide financial support for dental offices to support the increased cost of PPE. A tracking sheet of payer policies is included in the guide. For questions about billing and coding, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.