Awareness of respirator fit testing or face fit testing has increased over the years due to an expansion in regulation globally and from impacts of the global pandemic. Many times, the focus is strictly on two of the benefits, sizing the respirator and confirming the fit of the respirator.
Did you know that the CDC lists hearing loss as the third most common chronic physical condition among adults in the United States? It’s important to know that noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the most common permanent but preventable occupational injury.
3M and Examinetics are excited to announce that Examinetics is now a 3M Preferred Fit Test Service Provider in the U.S. 3M and Examinetics are working together to emphasize the importance of respirator fit and to help increase the availability of high-quality fit testing for 3M’s occupational respirator customers.
In most countries, hearing protectors are required by law to be tested and labeled in a specific way. The idea is that by using a standardized measurement method and a straightforward, one-number rating, it should help users decide which hearing protector to choose. However, it turns that one number often doesn’t tell the whole story.
In a May, 2016 letter of interpretation, OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs answered this question:
Question: If an employee with a neatly trimmed goatee is wearing a respirator and it does not interfere with the seal of the face piece or valve function, and has passed a fit test, does this meet the intent of the OSHA’s Respiratory Protection standard?
The VeriFit® Irritant Smoke Generator revolutionizes respirator fit testing
February 10, 2016
Nextteq’s VeriFit® Irritant Smoke Generator integrates all the necessary components of a traditional irritant smoke fit testing kit into one convenient device, and offers users cost and safety advantages compared to other qualitative fit test kits.
When your safety and your life depend on it, you need your equipment to fit properly. This is especially true in the workplace. Improper fit may prevent workers from performing their job duties safely and effectively.