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What is fit-testing? Fit-testing (PDF 332KB) is an exercise, which tests the seal of a respirator with the unique shape of a person’s face. If the respirator fits properly, it will protect the user from inhaling hazardous contaminants.


Important Notice

As a result of a review of the Emergency Preparedness Program we have determined that the provision of Fit-testing as a “fee for service program” is no longer in alignment with our Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery program mandate. We will continue to provide Fit-testing as part of the MLUU based monthly clinics until the end of March 2018, however the community off-site Fit-testing clinics will be discontinued in 2018.

We appreciate your understanding. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at emergency@mlhu.on.ca


Receive Fit-testing

The Middlesex-London Health Unit offers N95 and/or P100 respirator fit-testing ($35 per person). Our respirator safety protection program educates workers on self-screening, and the proper care, use, and limitations of respiratory protection devices. To register, please contact Lynn Vander Vloet at 519-663-5317 ext. 2539 or emergency@mlhu.on.ca.

 

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2018 Fit-testing Schedule

N95 and/or P100 respirator fit-testing is available to the public ($35 per person) at the Middlesex-London Health Unit (50 King Street, London, Ontario, Room LLA). To register, please contact Lynn Vander Vloet at 519-663-5317 ext. 2539 or emergency@mlhu.on.ca.

  • January 9, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • February 13, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • March 13, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How to prepare for fit-testing

  • Be clean shaven
  • No eating, drinking, smoking or gum chewing 30 minutes prior to your fit-testing session.

Why fit-test?

To ensure there is a proper seal between your face and the respirator. The seal of your respirator is critical to protecting you from inhaling a hazardous contaminant, such as dust, fibre, mist, fumes, viruses, bacteria, mould, gas, vapour, etc.

It’s the law

  • 2013 Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations (R.S.O. 1990) require fit-testing
  • Canadian Standards Association Z94.4-11 “Selection, use and care of respirators”. Requires fit-testing to be done every 2 years for all staff as a minimum, or whenever work conditions require a change in the respirator to be worn.
  • American National Standards Institute Z88.2 “Respirator Standards”.
  • American National Standards Institute Z88.2 “Respirator Standards”.
  • U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
 

Register

The Middlesex-London Health Unit offers N95 and/or P100 respirator fit-testing ($35 per person). To register, please contact Lynn Vander Vloet: 

 

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Ministry of Labour Compliance Regulation

  • “Employers must have practices in place to protect workers from infectious agents, such as respirator fit-testing…”
  • “Supervisors must ensure workers follow safe work practices and use the required personal protective equipment provided by the employer.”

Who needs fit-testing?

Anyone who may need to use a respirator to filter the air they’re breathing.

What is a respirator?

A respirator is a mask-like personal protection device that can - if fitted properly - protect the wearer from inhaling hazardous airborne particles. For more information, please contact the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) at 416-747-4044 or 1-800-463-6727 to purchase the CSA Standard Selection, care, and use of respirators (CSA Standard Z94.4-11).

N95 respirator

N95 respirators filter at least 95% of airborne particles, but are not resistant to oil.

Protects against bioaerosol:

  • tuberculosis
  • measles
  • chicken pox
  • mould spores
  • potentially novel influenza
  • SARS coronavirus

P100 respirator

P100 respirators filter at least 99.97% of airborne particles, and are very resistant to oil.

Protects against non-bioaerosol:

  • asbestos fibre
  • organic vapour

Contact Us

Manager, Emergency Preparedness:

  • 50 King Street, London, ON., N6A 5L7
  • Tel: 519-663-5317 x2371
  • Fax: 519-663-9413
  • emergency@mlhu.on.ca
 
Date of creation: December 17, 2012
Last modified on: January 4, 2018

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