Frequently Asked Questions

General

General

Where does Anfeald work?

Anfeald currently provides occupational safety & health and environmental consultation services throughout Colorado as well as across the country – please contact us today and find out how we can help.

We provide written safety programs electronically and on paper, no matter where you are located.

We also currently provide gas-detection instrument calibration services throughout the Front Range of Colorado, from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Colorado Springs, Colorado. If you are not located in Colorado and are interested in our gas-detection instrument calibration services, please contact us about possible solutions- we regularly mail or use UPS to deliver portable instruments for calibration.

Anfeald trainings can be arranged in most locations across the country and in locations outside the US.  Contact Anfeald today to find out how we can help your EHS program.

What industries does Anfeald work in?

Anfeald provides services to small and mid-sized companies in both general industry and construction. We are equally comfortable on construction job sites, on manufacturing and production floors, in food and beverage facilities, in analytical laboratories, in health-care facilities, in hydroelectric power plants and more. Anfeald also works extensively providing services to government agencies.

How do I contact Anfeald?

You can contact Anfeald through e-mail (Answers@Anfeald,com) by phone (970.372.1131 or 877.201.4540) or by FAX (866.641.7229).

Our billing and mailing address is Anfeald, 1405 W. County Road 60 E, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Does Anfeald accept payment by credit card or purchase card?

Yes! If you prefer to pay by credit card or p-card, we happily accept MasterCard, Visa or Discover cards for invoices totaling $2,000 or less. We accept both one-time credit card payments or you can keep on credit card on file for reoccurring payments.

To pay by credit card, just give us a call (970.372.1131 or 877.201.4540). Please note, for invoices greater than $2,000, payment must be made by company check.

Environmental Health; Environmental Affairs

Environmental Health & Environmental Affairs

Can Anfeald answer my environmental-compliance questions?

Yes. Anfeald can help you with environmental compliance including general compliance questions, air permits, hazardous waste management, stormwater management and other areas.

Can Anfeald complete my SARA/Title III reports (Tier II, Form R)?

Yes. Anfeald can collect the appropriate data, complete these reports and submit them for you.

Hearing Conservation

Hearing Tests

How many hearing tests can Anfeald complete in an hour?

Test times vary – in general we can perform up to five hearing tests at one time. Each hearing test session takes between 7 and 15 minutes.

What is the minimum number of hearing tests for client site visits?

We require a minimum of three hearing tests per hour for client site visits

Is there a minimum number of hearing tests for in office visits?

No there is no minimum for in office visits, only for client site visits.

Did I pass my hearing test?

There is no such thing as passing or failing a hearing test. A hearing test is just a measure of how sensitive a person’s sense of hearing is. Normal hearing ranges between -10 dB to 25 dB.; mild hearing loss is considered to be between 25 dB and 40 dB; moderate between 40 dB and 55 dB; moderate-severe between 55 dB and 70 dB; severe between 70 dB and 90dB; and profound between 90 dB and 110 dB.

I misplaced the hearing test records, what should I do?

Contact Anfeald at Answers@Anfeald.com or 970-372-1131, we keep records of all of our medical surveillance services we provide and we will get them to you as soon as we can.

Do I need a quiet room if Anfeald is coming to my facility?

Yes, if Anfeald is visiting your site to provide hearing tests, you need to provide a quiet room. If the space provided is not sufficiently quiet, we will not be able to perform the hearing tests.

The results for one of my employees indicate a standard threshold shift, what do I need to do?

There are a few things you need to do:

  1. Inform your employee in writing within 21 days of the test.
  2. Schedule a retest within 30 days of the test.
    • If the results from the retest indicate a permanent STS, you must record it within 7 days on the OSHA 300 Log.
    • If the results no longer show the STS, you must update your employee.
Occupational Safety and Health

Occupational Safety & Health

Can Anfeald provide written safety & health programs or update my existing programs?

Yes. Anfeald can provide you with simple, boilerplate programs for construction or general industry or we can provide site-specific custom programs based on your needs. Our programs can be as complex or as simple as the situation warrants. Or if you already have an effective safety & health program that works for you but just needs an update, we can help with that as well.

Can Anfeald review my organizations safety & health performance and tell me where and how I can improve?

Yes. Anfeald can perform a needs assessment to determine your safety and health performance and trends. We can also provide you with a compliance calendar, an implementation roadmap and will help you improve your performance, get compliant and stay there. We can work with you to move beyond basic compliance – focusing on long-term employee satisfaction and cost reductions.

Can Anfeald answer my safety and health compliance or technical questions?

Yes. Anfeald routinely provides organizations with advice and answers on specific regulations and best practices.

Can Anfeald help me perform hazard assessments of construction job-sites or my business?

Yes. Anfeald provides job-site hazard assessments to document safety and health hazards and compliance issues. Anfeald provides each client with a comprehensive report of each assessment.

Can Anfeald perform safety & health oversight for projects?

Yes. Anfeald can provide your organization with safety and health oversight to ensure that contractors and subcontractors adhere to your safety and health programs and applicable Federal and state regulations. We can provide periodic site visits or full or part-time on-site safety supervision. We take a firm stance on safety matters so whether you are a government agency, a general contractor that needs to ensure solid compliance or you just want to improve your jobsite safety performance, Anfeald can help.

Can Anfeald provide long-term, outsourced safety & health or environmental health assistance in place of an in-house employee?

Yes. Anfeald can provide your organization with comprehensive occupational safety, health and environmental consultation and training in a staff augmentation or outsourced capacity. We understand that some organizations find it beneficial to keep their headcount low and outsource these functions, and we will work with you to customize a solution that fits with your budget and needs. Our staff augmentation and outsourced solutions allow for standardized and budget friendly billing, reduced management oversight and often generate cost savings due to risk reductions and increased efficiency.  For more information about our outsourced solutions please visit our staff augmentation and outsourced solutions page or reach out to us and find out more.

Does Anfeald perform industrial hygiene services such as air-monitoring?

Yes. Anfeald performs industrial hygiene services and can help you quantify your employees exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace. We also perform noise mapping and dosimetry.

OSHA Respirator Questionnaire Reviews

OSHA Respirator Questionnaires

How long does it take to review questionnaires?

Online questionnaire reviews are fast.  Most reviews occur in real time or near real-time with results available in just a few minutes. Occasionally, the healthcare provider needs additional information – The results form will contain a request to call a phone number to discuss things with the healthcare provider.  In most cases, this will clear things up.  The faster the call is made, the faster the process goes.

When completing paper questionnaires, the turnaround time varies based on headcount.  In general, the larger the group, the more time we need.  Contact Anfeald with your needs and we will provide a turnaround estimate.  If you require same-day service, let us know – This is often possible though it may incur an additional charge.

Do all employees need a respirator physical?

In a word, no. In our experience, most employees don’t need a physical.  However, some employees surely do as a result of medical conditions and overall health issues.  You will find out for sure once the medical provider reviews the questionnaires – You will receive a form for each employee with their status.  Its always best to plan ahead and have employees complete respirator questionnaires a week or two early in case a medical exam is needed since scheduling exams sometimes takes a few days.

When should employees complete OSHA respirator questionnaires?

OSHA requires medical clearance before fit tests.  We recommend that your employees ideally complete questionnaires two weeks in advance, whenever possible, since some employees will require a respirator physical.

Where can I get a copy of the OSHA respirator questionnaire?

If you want a paper copy, no problem.  Call or email us and we can send you a copy of the questionnaire.  Please use Anfeald’s form rather than your own as it has extra information on the form that is required by our medical staff.  Using OSHA’s standard form or your own will slow down the process.

Please also consider using the online form.  This allows processing in real-time or near real-time and completely eliminates paper.

Learn More about online questionnaires.

I am an employer. How do I get access to the results portal?

In most cases, we will email login credentials to the contact person that set up the program at the time we first perform fit tests or questionnaire reviews for your company.  If you are an existing client and need access, no problem.  Let us know and we will set up access.

I lost my email and/or user name to the online data entry or results portal (or both).

No problem.  Send an email to us or call and we will get you the information.  Please keep in mind, we must establish your identify first and, you must have a current service agreement on file or we must have a credit card number on file in our system before we can reset the account.

How do I set up an account to do online OSHA respirator questionnaires?

You can set up an account by providing us information about your company and signing a service agreement with a billing program so we can invoice you each month or by providing a credit card that we keep on file that we charge after each day’s questionnaire reviews.

Respiratory Protection

Respiratory Protection

When should employees complete OSHA respirator questionnaires?

OSHA requires medical clearance before fit tests.  We recommend that your employees ideally complete questionnaires two weeks in advance, whenever possible, since some employees will require a respirator physical.

Where can I get a copy of the OSHA respirator questionnaire?

If you want a paper copy, no problem.  Call or email us and we can send you a copy of the questionnaire.  Please use Anfeald’s form rather than your own as it has extra information on the form that is required by our medical staff.  Using OSHA’s standard form or your own will slow down the process.

Please also consider using the online form.  This allows processing in real-time or near real-time and completely eliminates paper.

Learn More about online questionnaires.

How long does it take to review questionnaires?

Online questionnaire reviews are fast.  Most reviews occur in real time or near real-time with results available in just a few minutes. Occasionally, the healthcare provider needs additional information – The results form will contain a request to call a phone number to discuss things with the healthcare provider.  In most cases, this will clear things up.  The faster the call is made, the faster the process goes.

When completing paper questionnaires, the turnaround time varies based on headcount.  In general, the larger the group, the more time we need.  Contact Anfeald with your needs and we will provide a turnaround estimate.  If you require same-day service, let us know – This is often possible though it may incur an additional charge.

Do all employees need a respirator physical?

In a word, no. In our experience, most employees don’t need a physical.  However, some employees surely do as a result of medical conditions and overall health issues.  You will find out for sure once the medical provider reviews the questionnaires – You will receive a form for each employee with their status.  Its always best to plan ahead and have employees complete respirator questionnaires a week or two early in case a medical exam is needed since scheduling exams sometimes takes a few days.

How many quantitative fit tests can Anfeald complete in an hour?

Test times vary – In general, if you are prepared employees are ready to go when the time comes, and respirators fit everyone, we can complete eight or ten fit tests in an hour.  However, respirators don’t always fit so we recommend planning for five fit tests an hour on average.

What is spirometry (pulmonary function testing)?

Spirometry is a common type of pulmonary function test (PFT) that measures how well a person can move air in and out of their lungs.  In occupational settings, spirometry is used to establish a baseline before assigning a worker to job tasks that are physically demanding, that require use of a respirator, or that may expose the worker to respiratory hazards.  It is also used to track lung-function over time and to evaluate workers who experience signs or symptoms of respiratory disease.  Certain OSHA standards mandate spirometry for employees.  When a medical provider requires a respirator-physical after an OSHA respirator-questionnaire review, spirometry is almost always completed as part of the physical.

It is a best practice, and an Anfeald recommendation, to complete spirometry annually with your fit tests.  OSHA and NIOSH also recommend spirometry.  It can spot lung function problems early on and it can provide valuable information on the efficacy of hazard controls.

Does OSHA require a written respiratory protection program?

Yes.  If you require respirator use, OSHA requires a written respiratory protection program for general industry and construction work in full conformance with 29 CFR 1910.134.  Anfeald can provide you with a written program.

My employees use respirators – Do I need to train them?

Yes.  OSHA requires an appropriate level of training based on the kinds of respirators used, the situations used and other factors.  Anfeald provides respiratory protection training based on your needs.  Check out our course catalog page and locate the respiratory protection class that meets your needs.

Can a respirator user have facial hair?

For proper respirator fit, nothing must interfere with the sealing surface of the respirator and the user’s face.  This includes facial hair.  We care about the safety and health of client’s employees.  Therefore, Anfeald technicians will not fit test any individual with facial hair between the face and the sealing surface; all employees must be clean-shaven though small mustaches and soul patches are OK.  There are no exceptions.

Can Anfeald supply respirators during fit tests?

Anfeald does not supply respirators unless you make special arrangements in advance.  If you would like us to supply respirators, you must notify us at least a week in advance.

We may have surrogate facepeices that can be used for fit tests from common manufacturers though you should contact us in advance to find out more as we can’t always guarantee we will have a surrogate facepiece for your brand and size.

Keep in mind that sometimes respirators just don’t fit a person, even when they previously fit.  We recommend selecting two brands and having both brands in all sizes available for fit tests.

Any other info I should know about when I schedule fit tests for my employees?

Anfeald will conduct up to three fit-test attempts for each individual presented to us.  If the individual does not successfully pass the fit test after three attempts, the respirator does not fit and Anfeald will stop fit-testing the individual on that make, model and size of respirator.

Anfeald charges fit-test fees even when the individual fails.  Anfeald considers three negative fit-test attempts as one fit-test, and charges accordingly.  If additional fit-tests are required on different makes and models of respirator, Anfeald will charge for additional fit-tests.

In order to ensure a productive and efficient fit-test session, and to comply with OSHA regulations, please have a sufficient number of respirators from at least two manufacturers on-hand the day of the fit-test; please include different sizes even though most participants fit medium.  If you would like us to bring additional respirators, please let us know in advance – Anfeald charges additional fees when we provide respirators to your employees.

Always tell us the respirators you use so we can verify that we have the correct respirator fit-test adapters.

I am an employer. How do I get access to the results portal?

In most cases, we will email login credentials to the contact person that set up the program at the time we first perform fit tests or questionnaire reviews for your company.  If you are an existing client and need access, no problem.  Let us know and we will set up access.

I lost my email and/or user name to the online data entry or results portal (or both).

No problem.  Send an email to us or call and we will get you the information.  Please keep in mind, we must establish your identify first and, you must have a current service agreement on file or we must have a credit card number on file in our system before we can reset the account.

How do I set up an account to do online OSHA respirator questionnaires?

You can set up an account by providing us information about your company and signing a service agreement with a billing program so we can invoice you each month or by providing a credit card that we keep on file that we charge after each day’s questionnaire reviews.

Risk Management

Risk Management

Can Anfeald help me work with my insurance carrier to implement loss-control programs?

Yes. Anfeald can work with you and your insurance-carrier or broker rep to help implement loss-control programs and problem-solve upward trending or high claims frequency or severity.

Can Anfeald help my company obtain the Colorado Cost-Containment Certification for workers’ compensation?

Yes. Anfeald can help you refine your existing safety and health program or start one and will walk you through all of the steps necessary to obtain certification.

How much money can I save if my company is Colorado Cost Containment Certified?

Companies that successfully complete the certification process receive a 5% discount off of their Colorado-based workers’ compensation insurance premium and will most likely save additional dollars due to reductions in workers comp claim frequency and severity. Also by fulfilling these requirements, your company will go a long way towards OSHA compliance. If you are a Colorado company and are not cost-containment certified, you are leaving money on the table!

Can Anfeald help me manage my workers’ compensation claims?

Anfeald can help you with individual workers’ compensation claims, help you establish a workers’ compensation claims management system and we can also identify and setup workers compensation health care providers.

Training

Training

I can’t claim my digital training certificate. What can I do to fix this?

Most likely, this means that you did not supply an email address when you completed the training roster in class or, we could not read the email address.  Have no fear, we can help.  Send an email to Answers@Anfeald.com with “Training Certificate Help – Link my Email” in the subject line.  Keep in mind a few things…

  • When you send this request, it must come from the email account you wish to link
  • You must include the name of your employer, the specific location of the training class (physical address) and the name of the instructor

We need to verify that you are the owner of that certificate; this process may take some time so be patient; in some cases, we may not be able to verify your identity and won’t be able to fulfill the request.

What kind of training does Anfeald provide?

Classes we offer include HAZWOPR I, III, III & V, Federal OSHA 10 and 30-hour outreach in construction and general industry, single topic safety classes such as confined space entry, lockout/tagout and others, First-Aid/CPR/AED, fire extinguisher use and many more. Contact us today and we can create a custom class for you to meet any of your training needs.

Does Anfeald provide OSHA Outreach training (10 and 30 hour OSHA classes)?

Yes. Anfeald provides both 10 and 30-hour OSHA Outreach classes in Construction and General Industry.

Where can Anfeald provide training?

While Andfeald provides specific, custom training sessions for clients just about anywhere, we can find a solution that best fits your needs. Whether you prefer to hold the training on-site at your facility or off-site at another location, Anfeald can accommodate your training needs. We also hold pre-scheduled training sessions that anyone can sign up for through our website or by mail. Contact us to find out when and where our next pre-scheduled training will be held nearest to you.

With sufficient notice and planning, we can provide training almost anywhere in the world. If your company is located outside the continental US, we can help – contact us and we will work with you to find the solution that best fits your needs.

What kind of documents does Anfeald provide as proof of training?

Starting on 1 January 2017 forward, Anfeald provides digital certificates for training participants.  Anfeald no longer issues paper certificates.  Shorty after the completion of each class, Anfeald will issue a certificate electronically.  Participants that provide an email address at the time of the class will receive an email from the system allowing them to claim their certificate – This process allows the participant to print it, link it to social media and other things.

For a limited number of classes, Anfeald also issues wallet cards.  This includes powered industrial trucks, aerial lifts, hydrogen sulfide awareness and similar classes where a wallet card is necessary.

For OSHA compliance purposes, you may want to retain course rosters.  If that is the case, please ask your Anfeald associate or send an email request to Answers@Anfeald.com.  However, please note that we can only share rosters with current clients though  established client contacts.  Anfeald will not email training rosters to third parties without written client permission.

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