During health crises like the one we are currently in, the demand for masks skyrockets. People want to protect themselves and their loved ones, and understandably so. I’m sure you know that there are many different types of masks and respirators, and that they are not all the same. But are you using yours properly, and how can you be sure it really fits? Manufacturer instructions are generally very vague, and do not always spell out appropriate selection, use of, and care for your respirator. This brief program, which takes between 15 and 30 minutes, is built to educate you on how to properly select your respirator, how to put it on and take it off, what to watch for when you are wearing it, and how to properly care for it.
This fit test uses an irritant smoke or odorous material. Testing of this kind is acceptable and limited to checking filtering face pieces and half-mask respirators. The respirator wearer uses their sense of smell to detect leakage. These tests are fast, require no complicated equipment, and are easily performed. The outcome relies on the wearer’s subjective response (pass/fail).
This test is designed for tight fitting full-face masks but can also be used as a highly acute measure for half masks and N95 masks used by medial personnel. Quantitative fit-testing uses highly specialized equipment to measure particles in the atmosphere and inside the mask while the wearer performs tests to ensure a secure seal. Quantitative fit testing is performed using a Portacount machine, as per CSA standard, is the only acceptable method testing for full face masks and is proven to be more accurate than qualitative fit testing ensuring the highest standard of safety.