Workers who may be exposed to breathing hazards are often required to wear tight-fitting respirators for breathing protection.
These respirators are often referred to as N95 Respirators, or N95 masks, although other respirators could be required (e.g. P100). Before using a tight-fitting respirator on the job, workers must be properly fit-tested to ensure an effective seal.
Fit-testing ensures an effective seal between the respirator and your face to protect you from airborne hazards and contaminants. It is an important part of your overall Respiratory Protection Program provided by your employer.
Donning and Doffing
User Seal Checks
Respirator Qualitative Fit Test
Most fit tests are completed within 30 minutes per person
Testing can take longer if multiple respirators are required to ensure a proper seal
Do not eat, drink or smoke at least 15 minutes before arriving
There can be no facial hair interfering with the seal of the respirator against the face - not even stubble
Your certificate will show which respirator you are fit tested for, and the date of testing
Annual retesting is recommended, but recent changes now allow for 2 years between tests