Respiratory fit testing is an important component of any respiratory protection program. Respirators must be fitted and used properly in order to provide adequate protection against chemical and biological hazards. This course will prepare students to perform respiratory fit tests according to OSHA requirements CFR 24.1910.134. Students will also learn about the administrative requirements of fit testing, types of testing equipment, set-up and calibration of equipment and how to interpret results in order to properly fit respirators.
This 3.5-hour course reviews qualitative fit testing procedures. Qualitative fit testing is primarily for healthcare personnel, while quantitative fit testing is generally for first responders who may directly encounter unknown agents that are immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH). Quantitative fit testing can be included upon request, with an additional 3.5 hours of class time.
By the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:
Emergency medical services, public health, healthcare
Lt. Brian Pomodoro, EMT-IC
Senior Program Manager for Emergency Response
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, Boston EMS
Qualitative training only: This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 4.2 contact hours of nursing continuing education.
Qualitative and Quantitative training: This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 8.4 contact hours of nursing continuing education.
The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is the Education & Training branch of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. In conjunction with Boston EMS, a bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission, the DelValle Institute provides high-quality all-hazards training and exercises to develop and enhance capabilities-based preparedness. This training delivery is offered through a contract with the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), with funding from the Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program.
The views and opinions expressed and all related documents and course materials do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program. For more information regarding DelValle Institute funding, please visit the funding page.