IES offers qualitative respirator fit testing for N95, half-mask, full-face and powered air purifying respirators. Our competent respirator fit testing conforms to the requirements set out in CSA Standard Z94.4-11. If your staff are performing any tasks that have the potential to generate significant atmospheric contaminants, respirator fit testing should be considered. If you are unsure if certain tasks are posing an inhalation hazard, IES can provide services that effectively quantify airborne hazards and provide guidance.
Whether your staff are working in locations with elevated nuisance particulate or performing mould remediation, asbestos abatement, lead abatement or other hazardous material operation, we can help. The importance of ensuring an effective seal between the respirator and the worker’s face cannot be understated. It is also critical to ensure proper understanding of the limitations and capabilities of any respirator chosen, along with the chosen filter type.
Our professional, competent fit tests not only ensure the respirator properly fits the face of the trainee, but we also ensure the worker is trained on the use, care, and maintenance of the respirator in use. Our fit testing also provides instruction on the proper donning and doffing, and applicable seal checks to be performed every time the respirator is used.
Legislation mandates that if respirators are used in the workplace, written procedures shall be implemented and reviewed with any staff required to use a respirator. IES can provide direction on how to develop and maintain a compliant Respirator Management Plan. If preferred, we can also prepare a compliant Respirator Management Plan in a format that matches your corporate documentation.
Valid fit testing must be performed every 24 months or whenever any significant change in facial structure occurs (generally large fluctuations in bodyweight). If you would like to know more about respirator fit testing, call IES today.