Respirator Fit Testing
Respiratory protection is one of the top 10 most cited OSHA violations.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration – also called “OSHA” – and State OSHA Agencies require employers to fit test workers who must wear respirators on the job. Employers must also provide employees with worksite-specific training.
A respirator can’t protect you if it doesn’t fit your face. It’s that simple. Certain respirators, known as tight-fitting respirators, must form a tight seal with your face or neck to work properly. If your respirator doesn’t fit your face properly, contaminated air can leak into your respirator facepiece, and you could breathe in hazardous substances. Before you wear a tight-fitting respirator at work, employers must be sure that your respirator fits you. Employers do this by performing a fit test on you while you wear the same make, model, and size of respirator that you will be using on the job. That way, you know that your respirator fits you properly and can protect you, as long as you use it correctly.