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Respirator Training & Fit Testing

COVID19 PANDEMIC - Respirator fit testing performed by the Faculty of Health Sciences Safety Office is available to McMaster University employees and students within the Faculty of Health Sciences. If you are not a McMaster University employee or student, you must arrange for fit testing through other sources. Please consult a web search engine for the sources closest to you. (March 23, 2020)

Learners - Fit testing is generally organized by your program before you go on placement. These sessions occur in the Fall or Winter seasons. Please contact Patricia Hartnett, Program Coordinator Education Services - Health Screening Office

FHS Staff and Students- Fit testing is provided by the FHS Safety Office.

Physicians, Residents and Medical Fellows - Physicians are required to be fit tested as a condition of their priviliges at their host hospital. A resident is not a McMaster student, learner or employee and should contact their hospital employer for fit test opportunities. This is likely the hospital or other clinical organization at which you are working. Please follow up with Hamilton Health Sciences (  or St. Joseph’s hospital (

Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) - Fit testing is organized by the program and completed through their own maskfit sessions at registration.

Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) - Please contact Patricia Hartnett, Program Coordinator Education Services - Health Screening Office


N95 / Half Face / Full Face Respirator Training and Request for Fit Testing

Online training is provided via Mosaic/Avenue2Learn. Please click here to read about how to access this training.

Once training is completed, a medical screening form must be submitted. This form doubles as a request for a fit test. We cannot perform a fit test until you have completed respirator training online.

The employee then participates in a fit test to determine the appropriate size and shape of respirator for them.

Respirator training is required on an annual basis under RMM#311. Fit testing is required every two years or immediately if there has been a change to the shape of the wearer's face. (EG. shift in weight of 10%, oral surgery, cosmetic surgery, etc.)

PAPR Training

Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) used by CL3 Facility personnel are trained by the McMaster Biosafety Office directly. All other personnel are to contact Adam Palmer for use of Bullard PAPR units.


Updated: 2021-05-06

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