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.
FHS Staff and Students- Fit testing can occur by request to the FHS Safety Office. Contact FHSSO in the office for information.
Residents and Medical Fellows - 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.
You should review the handbook posted below covering the basic information on the selection, care and use of their respirator. Watching the posted videos will supply you with information on donning and doffing an N95 as well as what a fit test procedure involves.
The employee then participates in a fit test to determine the appropriate size and shape of respirator for them.
Respirator education 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.)
Contact FHSSO if you have any questions on this information.
The videos will open in a new window and are posted on YouTube.
- Fit Testing
- 1860/1860S Mask
- 1870+ Mask
N95 Education Handbook
N95 Education Quiz - If you require the quiz please contact FHSSO.