Q&A: An N95 fit-testing dilemma

OSHA Healthcare Connection, November 10, 2009

Q: I work at a facility that has fit-tested most of the staff with N95 respirators. We have recently received a large shipment of a different brand of N95 respirators (which we did not order). Is it necessary to fit-test when changing brands?

A: Yes you would need to fit test anew.

According to OSHA’s respiratory protection standard 1910.134(f), the fit test is compliant if it is for the same make model and size of respirator in use.

For more on this aspect of the standard and a useful resource to download see “Ask the expert: Size, as well as other things, does matter with N95 fit testing.”

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