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