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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Atlantic Training's Respiratory Protection and Safety Training DVD program has been specifically created to involve employees in the process of understanding respiratory hazards and to help facilities in fulfilling OSHA's Respiratory Standards (29 CFR,1910.103, 134) training requirements. The DVD program includes OSHA and NIOSH changes to their respiratory protection training requirements, such as fit testing protocols and cleaning/disinfecting procedures.

The DVD program shows examples of the "N" class respirators and other respirators being used in a variety of settings. One of the problems with many respiratory hazards (such as fumes or gases) is that employees can not easily "see" them. Even more visible hazards, such as dusts, are often accepted as part of a "normal" work environment. As a result, many respiratory problems only become clearly evident well after the original exposure. Yet once they occur, most respiratory problems are "chronic" and long lasting.

Areas covered in the program include:

Respiratory Protection and Safety Training DVD Covers:

  • How to Properly Fit Respirators
  • How the respiratory system "works",
  • Common types of respiratory problems,
  • Potential effects of respiratory hazards,
  • Causes of respiratory problems,
  • Good respiratory safety practices,
  • Respiratory safety equipment,
  • and more.
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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.