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For those that are required to wear a respirator on the job, there are certain OSHA’s respiratory fit testing requirements that must be met to ensure the respirator fits the user properly to protect health and safety. A respirator that does not properly fit cannot effectively protect its wearer from breathing in hazardous substances. Therefore, before you wear a respirator at work, respirator fit testing must be performed.

So what is the respirator fit test? This exam tests the seal between the respirator’s facepiece and the wearer’s face and takes 15-20 minutes to complete. After receiving […]


When traveling for work or vacation, it is easy to forget the importance of packing and preparing a travel med kit for the trip. Including such items as aspirin and bandages, a travel med kit can help you be better prepared during those little, yet troublesome, health issues that seem to arise during traveling. Though your destination, planned activities, and medical history will determine much of what you should bring along on your trip, Columbia River Occupational Health clinic has some suggestions of items bring along in a travel med kit.

Pain relief
-Aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen are […]


The CDL medical exam is something every CDL driver must pass in order to receive certification, and must be retaken ever 2 years. Upon passing the CDL medical exam, the patient is issued a DOT medical card that is valid for two years as long as there are no restrictions. For those receiving the CDL medical exam for the first time or have not gone in for an exam in several years, there may be some anxiety and questions about what the exam will cover. In this blog, we will briefly cover each section of the exam so applicants know […]


Both Columbia River Occupational Health and the FAA physical exams take a diagnosis of coronary heart disease very seriously. If you have a diagnosis of coronary heart disease during your FAA physical exams, the FAA requires certain documentation and evaluation to be completed before you are considered for certification.

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, and in the United States, is the #1 cause of death for both men and women. CHD is a disease that affects your arteries and heart in which plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries, restricting the supply of […]