Respiratory Protection

***COVID-19 UPDATE: OSHA has allowed for some enforcement discretion regarding Respiratory Protection.  Click HERE for the latest COVID-19 updates from OSHA.  See below for helpful videos about proper mask wear and care.

Respirator Fit Testing

A protective mask isn't much good if it doesn't properly fit.  OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.134 Respiratory Protection Standard requires annual fit testing, but there are other reasons to check the fit.  Weight gain or loss, significant dental work, and several other factors may affect your workers' mask fit.

There are two types of respirator fit tests - quantitative and qualitative.  Either type may be approved under appropriate conditions and some organizations in high risk settings will perform both.

Quantitative (QNFT)

Quantitative fit testing eliminates the subjectivity qualitative fit testing introduces. No worries about who can smell what - you get a printed report telling you how well the mask fits.

Loess Hills Environmental can fit test:

  • Disposable 100/99/95/P1/P2/P3/ HEPA masks
  • Half-masks
  • Full-face masks/APRs
  • PAPRs
  • SCBAs

Qualitative (QLFT)

For practical or other reasons sometimes a qualitative fit test is your best choice.  Qualitative fit testing can generally be performed on the same types of masks as quantitative testing.

Several chemical irritants are available to ensure a good match for your personnel, including:

  • Bitrex®
  • Saccharin
  • Irritant Smoke

Schedule Fit Testing

***Walk-in fittings temporarily suspended - contact us to set up testing at your facility.

Respiratory Protection Training

Employers subject to the Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134) are required to provide annual training.  Employers must ensure employees understand:

  • Why they need a respirator
  • How improper fit, use, or maintenance can compromise respirator effectiveness
  • Respirator limitations
  • Inspection, maintenance, donning/doffing, and seal checks
  • How to respond in emergency situations
  • General requirements

Loess Hills Environmental provides in-person and online (live instructor) annual training solutions for organizations subject to the Respiratory Protection Standard.  Our classes focus on understanding the whys, hows, and whens of respirator use so employees can be confident in their equipment and use it properly.

Schedule Respiratory Protection Training

Let's have a conversation about your training needs and the best way to get your team trained.