Respirator Fit Testing
Are You Fit Tested?
With airborne respiratory infections on the rise, getting fitted for an N95 becomes crucial to the well-being and SAFETY of you and your loved ones.
We offer OSHA-Compliant 1910.134 Appendix A Respirator Fit-Testing Service
- Qualitative respirator Fit-Test per OSHA protocol CFR 1910.134
- Flexible scheduling options for off-site and on-site group testing.
- 20–30 minutes fit testing duration.
- Personalized and laminated card upon completion of the fit test.
Accommodating and testing
- Senior living facilities
- Education centers
- Hospice centers
Premier Cardiac Education offers OSHA-compliant fit testing for any business type. Our online medical evaluation, on-site, and in-clinic solutions provide the convenience and ability to accommodate clients’ busy schedules in a prompt, professional, and efficient manner. All records are protected and secure, ensuring your business complies with state and federal health regulations.
Let Premier Cardiac Education help with your need today. Our instructors are high-level medical practitioners with various backgrounds, professional experience, and understanding of air-born pathogens (including Covid-19).
SCHEDULE YOUR OSHA 1910.134 FIT-TEST
What’s the difference between a mask and a respirator?
According to the CDC, “masks are made to contain droplets and particles you breathe, cough, or sneeze out. Respirators such as N95s are made to protect you by filtering the air and fitting closely on the face to filter out particles, including the virus that causes COVID-19.
Loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection, layered finely woven products offer more safety, well-fitting disposable surgical masks, and KN95s offer even more security, and well-fitting NIOSH or OSHA-approved respirators (including N95s) offer the highest level of protection.”
What Is a Respirator Fit Test?
A Respirator Fit Test (scheduled after medical clearance) determines and exposes any air mask leakage before professional use. It is also required by OSHA to ensure the merit of each mask in use, thus giving peace of mind to any employee while performing their job function to protect them from airborne hazards, including COVID-19.
All tight-fitting respirators require a medical evaluation and fit testing to ensure efficacy.
Each individual must fill out an OSHA-required medical evaluation form before their annual Fit Test. A healthcare provider’s clearance of this evaluation is required to confirm respirator use is safe for that employee. Premier Cardiac Education conveniently offers online medical evaluations through our secure online portal. A link with a password will be emailed after completing registration.
Respirator fit tests are a must for employees or students who are required to wear respirators to reduce exposure to hazardous chemicals or substances such as airborne droplets, silica dust, welding fumes, paint spray mists, and solvents.
In the U.S., fit testing is a required component of any Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) written respiratory protection program in which workers are required to wear tight-fitting respirators. Qualitative fit testing is an acceptable method in many cases. This qualitative fit test protocol is specified by OSHA in 29 CFR 1910.134 Appendix A. Therefore; it can be used to fit test any NIOSH-approved tight-fitting facepiece. Two of these kits, FT-10 and FT-20, contain the Saccharin Solution Aerosol Protocol; the other, FT-30, has the solutions specified by the Denatonium Benzoate Solution Aerosol Qualitative Fit Test Protocol.
Fit test kit solutions?
We use 3M qualitative fit test solutions and prepare them according to OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134 Appendix A, which specifies the solutes and concentrations required for compliance. The sweet solutions in the FT-10 and FT-20 kits contain sodium saccharin.
Sodium saccharin is commonly used as an artificial sweetener in many commercially available beverages and foods. The bitter solutions in the FT-30 kit contain denatonium benzoate, which is often marketed under the brand name BitrexTM. Denatonium benzoate is used as a taste aversion agent to prevent children from ingesting certain household products and is endorsed by the American Medical Association, the National Safety Council, and the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
After the fit test, how can I remove the bitter taste from my mouth?
The taste of denatonium benzoate can be countered with chocolate. Many fit testers offer chocolate to subjects, but this should be done only after completing the fit test protocol.
How should the hoods and collars be cleaned?
After each session, the hood and collar should be wiped with a damp cloth or paper towel to remove any deposited fit test solution. If elastomeric respirators are used to test multiple subjects, the respirators should be cleaned with 3MTM Respirator Cleaning Wipes 504 between each individual.
WHAT IS A RESPIRATOR FIT TEST?
A respirator fit test determines if a tight-fitting respirator can be worn without leaks. It should occur after an employee has been medically cleared to wear a respirator and before the employee wears it on the job. A respirator fit test is required for all tight-fitting respirators. An employee must complete the fit test using a respirator that’s the same make, model, and size of one they will wear on the job while also wearing any other required equipment (e.g., glasses).
HOW LONG DOES MY RESPIRATOR CARTRIDGE LAST?
Respirator cartridges don’t last forever, and the employer is required to provide a change schedule.
All sales are final and non-refundable. By completing the registration, you recognize and agree that you shall not be entitled to a refund for any purchase including e-books, books, any course material or ANY purchases made from Premier Cardiac Education and affiliates.
Students/Clients have the option to reschedule their reservation by giving Premier Cardiac Education a 48-hour written notice to firstname.lastname@example.org from the start of their course or appointment. This option includes up to but no more than three (3) months from the initial registration date.
A $35 rescheduling fee will be applied to all reservations made within the 48-hours of the course/appointment.
All no-shows or cancellations forfeit 100% of their registration fee.