Respiratory Fit Test

Respiratory Fit Test

What is Respiratory Fit Testing?

Fit testing is a crucial process that involves finding the right respirator for your face and ensuring a secure seal to provide optimal protection.

Why is fit testing so important?

Well, it's all about safeguarding yourself from harmful germs and preventing their spread to others. Your healthcare facility has a responsibility to equip you with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including a properly fitting respirator. Keep in mind that sizes may vary across different models and brands. If your job requires the use of a respirator, such as an N95 FFR, then your healthcare facility must adhere to the Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134) set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Fit testing is just one vital component of a comprehensive Respiratory Protection Program within healthcare facilities. For any respirator, whether it's an N95 FFR or an elastomeric type, it must undergo fit testing prior to its initial use, especially if your work exposes you to individuals who have or may have COVID-19. Additionally, your employer should conduct regular fit tests at least once a year, as well as whenever any changes occur that might affect the seal, such as weight fluctuations, facial hair growth or removal, or dental procedures altering the shape of your face. Ensuring a proper respirator fit is paramount for your safety and well-being.

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