How to Perform Respiratory Fit Testing

course overview

Course Description:
Respiratory fit testing is an important component of any respiratory protection program. Respirators must be if 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 4-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 2.5 hours of class time.

Learning Objectives:
By the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Summarize the purpose of the course.
  2. Define qualitative and quantitative respiratory fit testing (QLFT and QNFT) and state why each is necessary.
  3. List the issues that must be addressed prior to performing respiratory fit testing.
  4. Summarize the steps involved in performing qualitative respiratory fit tests.
  5. Correctly employ equipment used in performing qualitative respiratory fit tests.
  6. Summarize the steps involved in performing quantitative respiratory fit tests. (Upon request)
  7. Correctly employ measuring equipment to perform quantitative respiratory fit tests. (Upon request)
  8. Summarize the course key concepts.

Target Audience:
Emergency medical services, public health, healthcare

Lt. Brian Pomodoro, EMT-IC  
Senior Program Manager for Emergency Response  
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, Boston EMS

This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 4.8 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.

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