Fire Department Medical Testing

These exams are provided to those individuals that wear a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus and/or serve on a HAZMAT response team. Most firefighters need these exams under OSHA 1910.156 and OSHA 1910.120.

The exam packages include:

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Basic Physical (SCBA User Exam Package)

These exams  are provided to those individuals that wear a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus.

The Basic Physical  includes:

  • BLOOD PRESSURE
  • MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE
  • LUNG FUNCTION TEST
  • EKG
  • URINALYSIS

 

 Comprehensive Physical (HAZMAT Exam Package)

This exam is provided to those individuals that are exposed or could be exposed to hazardous materials.
The exam package includes:

  • BLOOD PRESSURE
  • MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE
  • LUNG FUNCTION TEST
  • EKG
  • URINALYSIS
  • HEARING TEST
  • VISION SCREENING
  • BLOOD CHEMISTRY

Fit Testing

This testing satisfies OSHA 1910.134. Fit testing is done to determine the proper fit of a respirator. There are two ways to perform this test, Qualitative and Quantitative. This is an annual requirement.

Qualitative (N95) is a less expensive and more subjective way to perform a fit test. A variety of strong smelling solutions are used to determine if the respirator wearer can smell the solutions due to a poor-fitting mask or a poor seal caused by aging of the mask, wrong size, or damage.

Quantitative (SCBA – Med Compass will only perform this type of fit testing on a full-face SCBA) is more scientific and requires a negative air pressure instrument to be connected to the respirator to determine leakage. The negative air pressure Fit Tester creates a vacuum that enables the on-board computer to measure for leakage. It then prints a one-page report stating the “Fit Factor” that OSHA has deemed admissible for different types of masks.

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Med Compass does a great job! They are very professional, timely and are a good value. We have had a few firefighters Med Compass detected with health risks that could have harmed the firefighters and ultimately increase our overall expenditures. Working with Med Compass is good for the bottom line and for the overall health of our department. All fire departments should have a program like this.
Marty Scheerer Fire Chief Edina Fire Department
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