How to Properly Fit Respirators

This 5 minute safety training video covers: What is the importance of formal fit test, what are the two types of fit testing, what is the most accurate fit testing, how to properly perform user seal check, how to check the seal using positive pressure, how to check the seal using negative pressure, several types of problems that could affect the seal, what are the proper care of the respirators, what are the other hazardous substances that needs extra cleanup procedures. This clip was taken from a full-length training video. Click here to watch the 22 minute full length version.

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Each year, tens of thousands of U.S. workers are exposed to harmful airborne contaminants. These noxious gases, dusts, vapors and biological pathogens can cause lung damage, cancer and other serious illnesses. Some can quickly cause loss of consciousness and even death, often without warning.

To avoid these hazards, workers need to understand the risks associated with airborne contaminants as well as the government regulations and safe work practices that can protect them. They also need to be familiar with various types of respirators, understand how they work, and know how to use them.

Atlantic Training's "Respiratory Protection and Safety" training program can provide employees with this important information and help facilities in complying with requirements of the OSHA Respiratory Standard.

Topics covered include: .

  • How to Properly Fit Respirators
  • The need for a Respiratory Protection Program.
  • Respiratory "basics" and disposable masks
  • Air-purifying respirators and filter types.
  • Atmosphere-supplying respirators including SARs and SCBAs.
  • Fit testing a respirator.
  • Wearing a respirator.
  • Maintaining a respirator.
  • and more.
  • Click here to watch a FREE full-length 22 minute preview.

Video Transcript

It is important to select the right respirator with the best fit stubble, beards or low hair lines can get between the face and mask and create leaks since tight fit is impossible. Some may have to remove facial hair or change hairstyle in order to wear respirator properly, glasses or goggles can also interfere with a good fit because temple bars prevent proper seal of a full face piece mask. Many respirators allow corrective lenses mounted inside the face piece, fit testing is required before initial use annually and whenever a different piece is use. To begin fit testing your respirator put the unit on and tighten the straps so they are not over tight you may have to try on several respirators before you find the one that conforms to your facial structure. Two types of fit testing may be required qualitative and quantitative. In qualitative testing a challenge agent vapor, smoke or aerosol is release around the respirator wearer if the wearer detects the present of the challenge agent through odor, taste or a nasal irritation fit is considered inadequate. Quantitative fit testing measures the actual level of challenge agent of outside and inside the respirator face piece.