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.

 

WHAT IS A FIT TEST

A fit tests the seal between the respirator's facepiece and your face.

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

WHAT |

is a Medical Evaluation?

A series of questions required by OSHA to determine whether an individual is fit to wear a respirator

 

WHY |

do I need a Medical Evaluation?

If a respirator is mandatory in a workplace you must be medically cleared to wear a respirator

WHAT |

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 

 

 

RESPIRATOR FIT TESTING

Learn more about the OSHA Respiratory Standard

 

29 CFR 1910.134

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