OSHA requires employees to be fit tested prior to the initial use of a respirator and retested annually thereafter. Fit testing is also required whenever a different respirator (style, model, etc.) is used or a wearer's physical condition changes. In addition, before you use a respirator or are fit-tested, your employer must ensure that you are medically able to wear it.
TYPES OF FIT TESTING
There are two types, qualitative and quantitative.
A qualitative fit test is a pass/ fail test that uses your reaction to an irritant to determine if there is a leak. This method is typically used for half-mask respirators.
A quantitative fit test uses a machine to measure the actual amount of leakage around the seals of a respirator. This method can be used for any type of tight-fitting respirator.
employers to fit test workers who must wear respirators on the job. A respirator cannot protect you if it doesn't fit your face properly. Ill-fitting respirators can allow contaminated air to enter your facepiece, so to ensure a proper fit call to schedule your fit testing today!
Voluntary use- Voluntary use of a filtering facepiece respirator does not require medical evaluation
is a Medical Evaluation?
A series of questions required by OSHA to determine whether an individual is fit to wear a respirator
do I need a Medical Evaluation?
If a respirator is mandatory in a workplace you must be medically cleared to wear a respirator
if I am working with Asbestos or Lead?
You must do an in-person consultation with a healthcare provider to determine whether you are suitable to wear a respirator