Do Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) Require Fit Testing?
The answer to this question depends on the type of facepiece that the respirator has. Any facepieces that form a tight seal to the wearer’s face, e.g., half-masks and full facepieces, must be fit tested.
Loose-fitting PAPRs, in which the hood or helmet is designed to form only a partial seal with the wearer’s face or hoods which seal loosely around the wearer’s neck or shoulders, do not require fit testing.
What is qualitative fit testing? Fast and economical fit testing.
There are two types of fit tests: qualitative and quantitative. Qualitative fit testing is a pass/fail test method that uses your sense of taste or smell, or your reaction to an irritant in order to detect leakage into the respirator facepiece. The ...
What respirators does the medical evaluation cover?
The online respirator medical evaluation can be used for all brands and types of respirators. This includes but is not limited to: Filtering facepiece respirators (N95, P100, etc.) Elastomeric respirators Powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) ...
What is quantitative fit testing? Taking precision to the next level.
Fit tests are either quantitative or qualitative. A quantitative fit test uses a machine to provide a numeric assessment of how well a respirator fits a particular individual by measuring the actual amount of leakage into the respirator. A ...
What is spirometry / pulmonary function testing?
Spirometry is a common type of pulmonary function test (PFT) that measures how well a person can move air in and out of their lungs. In occupational settings, spirometry can be used to establish a baseline before assigning a worker to job tasks that ...
What does the Per-Person Respirator Fit Testing Supplies include?
The Per-Person Respirator Fit Testing Supplies include all of the consumable supplies you will need to conduct 1 respirator fit test: -Single-use fit testing hoods (1 hood per employee, so no need to sanitize) -Bitrex sensitivity solution -Bitrex fit ...