Tb fit testing

Gordon Churchward ggchurc at microbio.emory.edu
Tue Nov 21 13:37:20 EST 1995

> Bill Keil (billkeil at aol.com) wrote:
> : Personnel that work with mycobacteria in our clinical micro lab are fit
> : tested once a year.  We were wondering how often are other labs fit
> : testing their employees that work with mycobacteria??  Any help updating
> : our procedure would be appreciated!!   Thanx.
> : Bill Keil M.T. (ASCP)
> : e-mail: Bill Keil at aol.com
Dennis Gaunt dgaunt at uh1.uiowa.edu replied

> Since, to my knowledge, there is no formal mandate about wearing
> a special respirator for mycobacteria it would be a guess as to how
> often fit-testing should be done.  It's probably up to individual 
> lab directors unless or until OSHA rules on something.
> -- 

You should look at the guidelines available from the Centers for Disease 
Control published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (1994) 43 No. 
rr-13. This concontains the current CDC guidelines for preventing transmission 
of M. tuberculosis.

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