Fit Testing Essentials
OSHA requires the RFT be performed for any workers with an occupational risk for exposure to airborne workplace hazards, including COVID-19. Mobile Health can incorporate fit testing into pre-employment health screenings.
OSHA requires each respirator user to complete a medical evaluation prior to their fit test. Prior to fit testing, we send you a secure, HIPAA-compliant dedicated link where your workers can complete their medical evaluations. Before fit testing begins, our physicians will evaluate each worker to make sure they are medically able to wear an N895 respirator.
Mobile Health medical evaluations + Respirator Fit Testing = OSHA compliance.
There are two types of Fit Tests: qualitative and quantitative. During a qualitative fit test, the tester asks the worker to wear their respirator along with a clear plastic hood. The tester then applies a series of test agents to gauge the worker’s ability to detect smells and tastes. If a worker cannot taste any solution, then the tester might conduct a quantitative fit test – use a machine to measure any mask leakage — to achieve a true outcome.
The worker must then try other respirator makes, models or styles until one is found to fit properly and passes the respirator fit test.
No. Only their tested respirator has passed ‘inspection.’ Not all masks are appropriate for every worker’s facial configuration. OSHA requires workers be fit-tested on EVERY model of mask assigned for work.
Under OSHA regulations, RFTs should be completed annually, and sooner if a worker requires a different mask. Further, individuals who gain or lose weight, such as during pregnancy, or experience other facial changes, require refitting. Any of these changes can affect proper mask fit.
Mobile Health clients have 24/7 access to our secure, HIPAA–compliant Client Portal to review medical evaluations and fit test clearances.
On-Site Fit Test FAQs
On-site fit testing is a convenient, hassle-free way to fit test all of your employees at work, collectively, without requiring them to travel. With on-site testing, Mobile Health’s expert fit testing team comes to you. We administer all aspects of your business’s fit testing, from set-up to medical clearance to mask certification to clean-up. OSHA respiratory protection compliance doesn’t get any easier!
Yes, we bring all testing supplies and staff to your workplace to fit test your workers, according to the testing program pre-arranged by you and your Mobile Health Account Manager.
Most importantly, you provide your workers for fit testing and the respirators they will wear on the job. Also, on the day(s) of the event, you must provide a main point of contact, a clean and private space (conference rooms work best), a table with at least 2 chairs, and a list of employees with appointments.
FIT KIT™ FAQs
Mobile Health FIT KIT™ is an innovative, economical DIY solution that allows smaller businesses to fit test up to 99 workers themselves, using Mobile Health supplies and support. When you finish fit testing, simply mail FIT KIT™ back to us.
Yes, you can! Mobile Health guides you through every step of the fit testing process, making you your own in-house fit testing expert. We provide live interactive training, printed instructions, and phone support. We make sure you can confidently fit test your own workers.
Most importantly, you provide your workers for fit testing and the designated respirators they will wear on the job. Beyond that, you will need a clean, dedicated space to perform fit testing.