Dec
02
2019

Respirator Fit Testing

  • 35 +HST per person
  • 9 Spaces Left
  • December 2, 2019
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Midland, 105 Fourth Street, L4R 3S9

COVID-19 UPDATE (June 22, 2020) Respirator Fit Testing on N95's and KN95's continues to be a high-demand service. We are professional fit testers with years of experience.

Fit-testing for COVID-19 related respiratory hazards BEST PRACTICES should:

  • Be completed by a third party and not an employer or management which creates a conflict of interest.
  • Be with the Irritant Smoke Protocol at a minimum and NOT with the hood/bitrex solution. The Bitrex solution, in my years of experience is too subjective as it depends on the wearer's responses. False positives are too common as people have varying sensitivities to taste/smell for reasons including wanting to please the fit-tester and not appear a "problem employee" by not getting a good fit, medications that cause a decrease in taste/smell sensitivity, the very fact that COVID-19 symptoms may include a decrease in taste/smell, etc.
  • Be completed on all respiratory protection provided in the workplace (KN95, N95, Half-mask and Full Facepiece Respirators)
  • Be a NIOSH-approved N95 mask that is fit tested to each individual wearer is the best choice, especially when combined with a faceshield. This protects both the wearer and the client/patient/customer.

Should you have any general questions - please feel free to email training@firstforsafety.ca and we will respond at our earliest convenience during this high-peak time.


Those exposed to respiratory hazards in the workplace or worksite, and required to wear a respirator (N95, a half mask, or a full face-piece) are required to be trained on the selection, use, care and maintenance of this critical piece of personal protective equipment. As well as the training, a qualitative fit test is required to ensure the selected respirator fits the individual and provides the intended protection. Our fit testing training also meets the needs of many college students (ie: those in nursing, PSW and welding programs) whom require record of fit testing for placements.

Employers must ensure that PPE needed for the job is used by workers and maintained in good condition. The PPE must comply with applicable standards. Where required, the employer must ensure that the PPE is used, maintained and stored according to manufacturer’s instructions, applicable standards, and legislated requirements. The workers must be adequately trained on the use of the PPE.

ONTARIO COMPLIANCE ALERT: New Respiratory Protection regulations as of January 1, 2020 The Ministry of Labour has finalized changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and it's regulations requiring more stringent guidelines on protecting workers from exposures to airborne respiratory hazards. Reviewing your respiratory protection program and fit testing schedule is recommended.


RELEVANT REGULATIONS:

  • CSA Standard Z94.4-18 (-11, -02, -18)
  • O. Reg. 213/91, sections 21, 26 and 93 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • O. Reg. 490/09 (2019) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act - Medical Surveillance for Designated Substances *New for January 2020
  • O. Reg. 449/19 Occupational Exposure Limits (OEL)
  • OHS Act and Regulations that pertain to the use of respirators, multiple sections of the green book. Anyone required to wear a respirator on the job is required to be trained in it's use and have a fit test at least every two years.


IN PREPARATION FOR YOUR FIT TEST:

  1. Candidates must be clean shaven within 16 hours as per the CSA Standards.
  2. Please remove facial jewelry or other items that come between the skin and respirator.
  3. Fit tests are done on an exact make and model of respirator(s). Therefore, you will need to secure decent enough stock in order to ensure you'll have access to the respirator you wish to be fit-tested on.
  4. Candidates are required to provide their own respirator(s) to be fit-tested on. If it is an N95/P95/R95 Particulate Respirator that you're looking to be fit-tested on, I recommend bringing at least two makes/models in case one is not a fit. If you are bringing a half-mask or full facepiece respirator, please bring the P100 filters that match and ensure it has been inspected to be in clean, have all working parts, and be in good condition. Respirators are available to be purchased from our retail space for fit testing purposes.
  5. COVID Notice - PPE is in high demand and N95 masks may not be available for purchase with reliability. Please be prepared to bring your own NIOSH-approved N95 or a Health Canada approved KN95 to be fit tested on.


COURSE CONTENT:

Our Qualitative Respirator Fit Testing meets the CSA Standard Z94.4-18 on fit testing as well as on the selection, use, and care of respirators (Z94.4-02) and includes both a minimum instructional component that varies in length depending on the type of respirator. A qualitative fit test is then completed using the most current irritant smoke test method. Finally, a short written examination reviews the content for half-mask and full-facepiece respirators. Topics covered include the regulatory requirements and responsibilities of the wearer in the use of their PPE, the proper donning and doffing of the respirator, care and maintenance including cleaning and sanitizing, limitations of various respirators, how to complete inspections, compatibility with other PPE, completing seal/pressure checks, identification of respiratory hazards, and information on the proper selection of a filter or cartridge based on the intended use of the respirator.

At First For Safety, we use the most accurate qualitative fit testing methods available to ensure accuracy in results.


TRAINING & FIT-TESTING REQUIREMENTS:

Qualitative respirator fit tests and training on the PPE should be completed every 2 years as per the CSA Standards and enforced through our OH&S Act and Regulations. However, if someone changes jobs, losses or gains a significant amount of weight, had an injury to the face, has changed or been requested to change respirators, or if the hazards of the workplace have been re-assessed - a fit test is required. When in doubt, consult the respirator's user manual for the manufacturer's recommendation if under two years.


COMPLETION:

  • Successfully demonstrate requirements as per one respirator type (N95, Half Mask, Full Facepiece)
  • Complete the written review test (Half Mask, Full Facepiece)
  • Attend and participate in 100% of the course including a fit test (Irritant Smoke method)


PARTICIPANT MATERIALS:

  • Includes a copy of the Instructor's Fit Test Results, a Certificate of Completion, and a Record of Training for Employers.


PRICING

  • Private Appointment (N95, KN95): $45 + HST per participant
  • Private Appointment (Half mask, full facepiece respirator): $65 +HST per participant
  • Additional mask/respirator? $10 +HST each mask, each person


GROUP RATES and PRIVATE SESSIONS (1:1, Small Group of 1-20, or larger groups of 20+) Please request a quotation for the best pricing available by emailing Jennifer with the following information: (a) Number of Candidates, (b) Location, (c) Type of Respirator(s), and (d) Type or hazard or industry.


Fit Testing is offered through public courses that run during the most popular fit testing periods with reduced pricing, as well as by appointments and private group training. To schedule please call 705-526-3853 or email jennifer@firstforsafety.ca

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