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Respirator Fit Testing

This half day (4 hour) awareness course is offered at CWST in our classrooms or at client location. The price is $100pp

Respirator Fit Testing can be completed individually separate from this course, please call CWST for details or reach out to for more information

Minimum class sizes are 5 participants, and in the event enrollment minimums aren't achieved, the next available dates will be offered to clients. 

Alternatively, this course pairs well with an additional half day WHMIS GHS, both courses can be taken same day. 

Most employers are offering respiratory protection to their workers not knowing the differences between respirators, cartridges, disposable products and levels of protection provided by each. In more dangerous conditions or complex work environments, this increases the opportunity for worker exposure and likeliness of occupational illness.

Kindly note that Fit Testing for respirators is not able to be performed on unshaven participants and that results of the fit test may be slightly altered were participants are known to consume nicotine products or cigarette smoke.

Where COVID19 restrictions are in effect, fit testing may not be possible due to increased opportunity for transmission in hood equipment.

This course supports effective means for employer and worker duty of care; it does not negate the employer requirement to purchase personal protective equipment adequate to protect workers from exposure to chemicals. Employers are responsible for training their employees on the chemicals they use including the safe handling and protective measures as per the SDS provided by manufacturer or supplier.

For fit testing on specific respiratory equipment we recommend that the manual for donning and doffing be followed, as well as proper attachment of cartridge devices used at key points on the equipment.

Certification is valid for three years from date of issue.

Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will:

  • Understand the legislation used to protect workers from exposure to chemicals
  • Understand the importance of selection, care, storage and hygienic approaches with respiratory equipment
  • Understand the hazards associated with wearing the wrong respirator 
  • Describe different types of equipment and their protection levels offered by employers in workplaces
  • Describe the differences in respirator protection required for use around chemicals 
  • Competently identify respirator types that may cause the worker to become exposed 
  • Properly don and doff respirators, including proper attachment of particulate or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
  • Fit a respirator and ensure proper fit to their face each time its used
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