Respiratory fit testing is an important component of any respiratory protection program. Respirators must be if fitted and used properly in order to provide adequate protection against chemical and biological hazards. This course will prepare students to perform respiratory fit tests according to OSHA requirements CFR 24.1910.134. Students will also learn about the administrative requirements of fit testing, types of testing equipment, set-up and calibration of equipment and how to interpret results in order to properly fit respirators.
This 4-hour course reviews qualitative fit testing procedures. Qualitative fit testing is primarily for healthcare personnel, while quantitative fit testing is generally for first responders who may directly encounter unknown agents that are immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH). Quantitative fit testing can be included upon request, with an additional 2.5 hours of class time.