Respirator Fit Test Qualitative and Quantitative Respirator Fit Testing in Kansas City

Mitigating respiratory conditions in the workplace is more important than ever. For workers who encounter potential hazards on the job, OSHA requires a respirator fit test be completed at least once a year, but it may also be required for a new job or after any changes in facial characteristics.

Qualitative Respirator Fit Testing is a simple and effective solution for ensuring a proper respirator fit when using an N95 or half-face respirator. Our providers are certified to carefully evaluate the seal between a respirator and the face to mitigate the occurrence of an air leak, which could compromise the safety of the worker. Per OSHA guidelines, this test is accompanied by a Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire to ensure an employee is medically capable to wear a respirator.

Quantitative Respirator Fit Testing is a more thorough test which uses a computer to count the actual number of ambient particles capable of penetrating the space around a respirator. This test can be utilized for all respirator types including N95, half-face, and full-face respirators. Quantitative testing provides an objective and numeric measurement of the respirators fit. Fit test results confirm if a mask will provide the right level of on-the-job protection needed. Per OSHA guidelines, this test is also accompanied by a Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire to ensure an employee is medically capable to wear a respirator.

Respirator Fit Testing To Suit Your Comanpy's Needs

Aculas is proud to offer both Qualitative and Quantitative respirator fit tests to companies large or small in Kansas City and the surrounding areas. We most commonly perform these tests in our Overland Park, KS clinic, but are fully operational for on-site testing as well.

Questions about the testing procedure or how to get your company started? Give us a call! We look forward to helping you.

What to expect with your Respirator Fit Test?

What to expect with your Respirator Fit Test?

The respirator fit test 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 are going to 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 test agent and go through a series of movements to ensure a proper fit which 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
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