Who Can Perform Respirator Fit Tests?

Regulations for Fit Test Providers

Employees are required to have a respirator fit tested prior to being allowed to use that make and model in the workplace. But who can perform this fit test?  Do they require any specific training? Let's take a look at the OSHA regulations.

29 CFR 1910.134 says that:

"The employer shall establish a record of the qualitative or quantitative fit tests administered to an employee, including"

Appendix A Part 1 of the standard says:

"The employer shall conduct fit testing using the following procedures."

So the regulations do not specifically state the requirements for the person performing the fit test, but they do list the specific procedures that must be adhered to.

How To Perform Respirator Fit Tests Online Course

Check Out XO Safety Academy's Online Respirator Fit Test Course

Required Qualifications for Respirator Fit Test Providers

OSHA does not list specific training requirements for fit test providers. As long as the person you select to perform the fit test can follow the procedure properly and documents the results, you should be compliant. It would be wise to make sure the person you designate to perform the fit tests is familiar with the company respiratory protection program.

Respirator Fit Test Instructions

Most fit test kits will come with step by step instructions.  Use the instructions to practice a few fit tests before completing the real evaluations.

Free Fit Test Instructional Video

Here is a great free video on respiratory protection and respirator fit testing.

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33 comments

Isaias Rubio

Isaias Rubio

I would like more information on how I could become a respirator fit test & medical evaluation administrator please. I work for an employer within the construction industry.
Thank you,
Isaias

Isaias Rubio

Isaias Rubio

I would like more information on how I could become a respirator fit test & medical evaluation administrator please.

Dana H.

Dana H.

I would like to be certified for my company

Morris Jett

Morris Jett

I would like to be certified to perform fit testing. Please send me information.

Rose karanja

Rose karanja

I would like to be certified for my company,thanks

Ingrid Threet

Ingrid Threet

Please send information as to how I can become certified to fit test n95 masks for my hospital. I am an infection control nurse, and would like to provide this service to my hospital’s employees. Need a training ASAP. You may also reach me at 360-481-1684. Thank you!

Rachelle Sereduik

Rachelle Sereduik

I would like information on how I can get certified to fit test N 95 mask.

Carey Webb

Carey Webb

I would like information on how I can get certified to fit test N 95 mask.

tracy davidson

tracy davidson

I’d like to become certified for my company. Can you please send me information

Barry Finley

Barry Finley

Can you please send me information so I can get a few of my firefighters certified to do n95 fit testing, thanks.

DANA JOHNSON

DANA JOHNSON

Please send me information on becoming certified to perform Fit tests for my employees. Thank you

keith snyder

keith snyder

Why are people asking for info to get fit test certified? This article is explaining that no certification is needed! Anyone can perform fit testing!

Tamika (Tami) Williams-Banks

Tamika (Tami) Williams-Banks

Please send me more additional information on fit test certification I’m really interested

Debbie Bettencourt

Debbie Bettencourt

Like to find out more about becoming certified.

Dawn Griffith

Dawn Griffith

Please send me additional information on fit test certification. Thank you

Dawn Griffith

Dawn Griffith

Please send me additional information on fit test certification. Thank you

Heather

Heather

Please send additional information regarding fit testing. Thank you.

Tammy WIley RN

Tammy WIley RN

I would like to become fit test certified, can you please email me the details? Thank You

LIN Ho

LIN Ho

I’d like to become fit test certified can you please email me?

Doug Capazzi

Doug Capazzi

Please send information for fit test certification. Thank you

Megan Davis

Megan Davis

please send information for fit test training

Beth Purvis RN

Beth Purvis RN

I would like to become fit test certified. could you please email me the details. Thank you

Kyaina Bethel

Kyaina Bethel

I’d like to become fit test certified can you please email me?..

Marta Santiago

Marta Santiago

Can I learn to do my own fit test testing ?

wanda

wanda

I am interested in becoming fit-test certified for my Hawaii campus. please email and let me know how I proceed with this.

Evelyn Greenwood

Evelyn Greenwood

I’d like to become certified in Fit Testing. Can you email me?

Shannon Trainer

Shannon Trainer

I’d like to become certified in fit test training. Can you email me?!

Joyce Hargrave, RN, BSN

Joyce Hargrave, RN, BSN

I am very interested in adding the N95 testing to my training center. Ready to make the necessary protocal to be in compliance. Please give me a call 6018079132

Iva Westbrooke

Iva Westbrooke

Was a Fit tester for over 10years. Want to recertify and complete a train the trainer course. Kindly send me the information to complete this course work. Thank you Iva Westbrooke westbrookeiva@gmail.com

Lazarus

Lazarus

what do we call a person who performs the respiratory fit testing? his or her Occupation

Dragan

Dragan

I have Supervisor licenses for NYS, CT, NYC and NJ asbestos abatement. Can I Perform Qualitative Respirator Fit Tests Certificates for asbestos workers?

Jen G

Jen G

It appears that the EM 385 manual is open to interpretation as well. Has anyone had any issues with OSHA requirements and EM 385 contradicting each other?

Cal G.

Cal G.

We ordered the Saccharin fit test kit and it was pretty easy to use. The rainbow passage seems silly.

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