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Fit Testing Equipment

Industries PODT serves for respirator fit testing

  • Asbestos Remediation
  • Fire Departments
  • Airport Authority
  • Police Departments
  • Manufacturing
  • Emergency Response
  • Trucking
  • Fiberglass Shops
  • Environmental Companies
  • Mining
  • Paint & Body Shop
  • Hospitals/Healthcare
  • Construction
  • Oil & Gas

Fit Test at Fire RigFit Test in Steel Mill

Respiratory Compliance

“OSHA 29CFR 1910.134 requires annual medical evaluation, training and fit testing for each mask worn by an employee in the workplace.”

Prior to initial use of the respirator

  • annually (every 12months)
  • If a different respirator is used or needed
  • If there are changes in the employee’s physical condition that could affect respirator fit

Facial scarring • Dental changes • Cosmetic Surgery • Obvious change in weight

 

OSHA Fit Testing Procedures

  1. Choose a respirator
  2. Show how to properly don and doff the respirator
  3. Ask if the respirator is comfortable and feels like it fits
  4. Hold different respirators up to subject’s face to see if there is a better fitting option
  5. Don respirator for 5 min, user assessed comfort
  6. Assess Comfort
  7. Assess Fit
  8. Conduct User Seal Check
  9. Confirm there is no hair growth, clothing or jewelry that would interfere with a proper fit
  10. If the test subject exhibits difficulty breathing, stop fit test and refer them to a healthcare professional
  11. If the employee finds the fit unacceptable they may choose a different respirator
  12. Give test subject a description of the Fit Testing exercise regimen
  13. Don any applicable safety equipment that may be worn during actual respirator use

Position of mask on the nose • Room to talk • Room for eye protection • Position of mask on face and cheeks • Chin properly placed • Adequate strap tension, not overly tightened • Respirator proper size to span distance from nose to chin • Self-observation in mirror to evaluate fit and position • Tendency of respirator to slip • Fit across nose bridge

 

OSHA QNFT Protocol – What to expect during your fit test

  1. Normal breathing 2. Deep breathing 3. Turning head side to side 4. Moving head up and down
  2. Talking 6. Grimace 7.  Bending over 8.  Normal breathing