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Mobile Respiratory Fit Testing

Respirator Fit Testing is a vital component of an effective Respiratory Protection Program.

Training is the first step in helping your workforce become better informed and equipped to ensure accurate and efficient testing protocols and procedures. This course is designed to enhance understanding of fit testing through theory and practice. It will provide a comprehensive overview of the process and technology for respirator fit testing by the requirements in the newly revised edition of CSA’s Z94.4 Standard—Selection, Use & Care of Respirators.

It is the employer’s responsibility to determine the presence of any potential hazards within the work environment. If harmful airborne chemicals/particles and infectious agents are present, an employer must have a Respiratory Protection Program.

The Importance of Mobile Respirator Fit Testing

The objective of fit testing is to ensure an adequate seal when using a tight-fitting face piece (respirator). Any person required to wear a tight-fitting facepiece during regular duties or emergency response activities should be fit-tested to ensure an effective seal.

Types of Fit Tests Available

We provide qualitative and quantitative fit tests, and all protocols are strictly followed.

Qualitative Fit Testing (QLFT)

This method applies to half-face masks and assesses the adequacy of a mask’s seal by determining whether the wearer cannot taste a test agent.

Quantitative Fit Testing (QNFT)

Essential for full-face masks, this method measures the mask’s seal effectiveness by quantifying leakage into the mask. This style of testing can also be used on half-face masks.

What’s Covered During the Testing?

We cover the following topics during our mobile respirator fit testing in Calgary:

  • Proper donning and doffing of the respirator
  • Performing seal checks
  • Caring for, using, and maintaining the respirator (both half-face and full-face).

All participants who complete the fit test are provided with a wallet card indicating the following: Mask: Model, Make, and Size, Type of Fit Testing, Conducted by, and Expiry Date. This card is valid for two years.


Students should bring their own masks if they already have one. We offer Scott, MSA, North, 3M, and other masks for fit testing purposes on and off-site. Alternatively, students may bring another product for their fit test. Each test takes approximately 15 minutes. Students must be clean-shaven to perform the fit test to get a proper seal with the mask.

Course Recognition

The standards in this program meet or exceed all requirements of CSA Z94.04-02 use, care, and selection of respirators and Part 18 of Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation for respiratory protective equipment.

Course Costs

The AIP Respirator Fit Test course costs $60.00 plus GST per student for the first mask and $20.00 plus GST for further tests per student. A minimum of 10 students is required.

This price includes all student materials and equipment, a student certificate, instructional materials, and administration costs. Extra fees for program delivery at a client’s facility may include travel fees (mileage, parking, lodging, and travel time) and a $100.00 off-site fee.

Mobile Respiratory Protection Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What is mobile respirator fit testing?

Mobile respirator fit testing involves travelling to a client’s site to perform fit tests on tight-fitting respirators. This service ensures the respirators fit correctly and provide the seal to protect the wearer from airborne contaminants.

Who needs respirator fit testing?

Anyone required to wear a tight-fitting respirator during their regular day-to-day duties or for emergency response activities needs to undergo respirator fit testing. This ensures the respirator provides an effective seal for optimal protection.

Why is respirator fit testing necessary?

Respirator fit testing is crucial to confirm that the facepiece forms an adequate seal with the wearer’s face. This seal is necessary to prevent exposure to harmful airborne chemicals, particles, and infectious agents.

How long does respirator fit testing take?

Each fit test takes approximately 15 minutes. This includes the time for donning and doffing the respirator, performing seal checks, and reviewing proper use and maintenance.

How accurate are respirator fit test results?

Respirator fit test results are highly accurate when conducted correctly, using approved methods and following strict protocols. These tests ensure that respirators provide the necessary protection against airborne hazards.

What are the benefits of mobile respirator fit testing?

The benefits include ensuring worker safety by confirming the respirator provides an effective seal and meets the safety standards required in hazardous environments. It also helps train workers on adequately using and maintaining respirators.

What types of respirator fit testing are available?

Qualitative and quantitative fit tests are available. Qualitative testing uses a pass/fail method based on detecting a bitter or sweet taste, while quantitative testing uses a device to measure the amount of leakage into the respirator.

How often should respirator fit testing be performed?

Respirator fit testing should be performed at least annually or more frequently if the wearer’s physical condition changes, such as significant weight fluctuation or dental work, which might affect the respirator’s fit.

What types of respirators are typically used in the workplace?

Depending on the level of protection required, half-face and full-face respirators are used in the workplace. Brands such as Scott, MSA, North, and 3M are commonly used.

Can respirator fit testing be customized to an employer’s needs?

Yes, respirator fit testing can be customized based on an employer’s specific needs, including the types of respirators used, the work environment, and the specific contaminants present. Customization can include on-site testing and adjusting the protocols to fit different workplace scenarios.