Fit Testing in Prince George

Irwin's respiratory fit testing services are designed to meet the specific needs of various industries in the area, from forestry and mining to healthcare and construction. By providing fit testing services, we help organizations safeguard their employees against hazardous airborne particles, gases, and chemicals, ensuring a safer workplace for all!

Irwin's Respiratory Fit Testing Services: Ensuring Optimal Respiratory Protection

Quantitative Fit Testing

Quantitative fit testing is the more technical and objective method of the two. It uses specialized equipment to measure the actual amount of leakage into the respirator, providing a numerical value known as the fit factor. This factor indicates the effectiveness of the respirator seal against the user’s face. 

  • Advantages: Provides exact, numeric data; considered more accurate and reliable for ensuring the respirator's performance.
  • Technology Used: Irwin's Safety uses PortaCount machines, which measure particle concentration inside and outside the mask.
  • Suitable For: High-risk situations where a precise fit is critical, such as in chemical handling, healthcare settings involving infectious diseases, and industries with exposure to fine particulate matter like silica dust.

Qualitative Fit Testing

Qualitative fit testing is a subjective method that relies on the user's sensory detection (taste, smell, or irritation) to determine if any leakage occurs around the respirator's seal. This method is less technical and does not provide a numerical fit factor but rather a pass/fail result based on the user's perception.

  • Advantages: Simpler and faster to perform; requires less equipment and training.
  • Methodology: Involves the use of test agents such as saccharin (sweet taste) or Bitrex (bitter taste), which the tested individual should not detect inside their respirator if it fits properly.
  • Suitable For: Lower-risk environments where a precise fit factor is less critical, or for initial screening of respirator fit in workplaces like schools or non-toxic manufacturing environments.
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Our Commitment to Safety

Our mission is to enhance the respiratory health and safety of your workforce in Prince George through efficient fit testing services. With strong focus on reliability, compliance, and education, we equip your employees with the knowledge and tools they need to stay protected in any work environment. Book your next fit test with us!