What to expect with your Respirator Fit Test?
Respirator fit testing is used to ensure the mask you are required to wear for work fits your face properly. You will need to bring the specific mask you'll be wearing on a day-to-day basis for the test. For the fit test, you will first learn how to safely don your mask. While wearing a specialized hood with a clear front, we will then disperse a small amount of test agent. Once it is determined that you're able to taste the agent, the testing process will commence. We will go through a series of movements to ensure a proper fit. A proper fit will prevent you from being able to taste the agent. If needed, changes or adjustments to the mask used can be made.
Common agents used:
- Saccharin – a sweet-tasting solid aerosol
- Isoamyl acetate – a liquid that produces a sweet-smelling vapor similar to bananas
- BitrexTM – a bitter-tasting solid aerosol