WHO CAN ADMINISTER A RESPIRATOR FIT TEST

The short answer is this: almost anyone can administer a respirator fit test

Persons administering either a qualitative or a quantitative respirator fit test do not have to be certified by OSHA, NIOSH, or any other public health organization – at least not under United States federal guidelines.

However, while a certification is not necessary to administer a fit test under U.S. federal guidelines, several American organizations do set standards for the person administering the fit test.  The following information was derived from the United States Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine’s “Respirator Fit Testing: Qualifications & Trainings” Bulletin (55-010-1006).

 

OSHA standards differ depending on whether a qualitative or quantitative fit test is administered.

Those administering a QLFT must be able to:

prepare the aerosolized solutions

calibrate the fit test equipment

properly administer the actual respirator fit test

identify an inadequate test or invalid result, and

oversee the maintenance, storage, and transportation of the respirator fit test equipment, such that the equipment remains in good, clean, working condition.

Those administering a QNFT must be able to:

calibrate the fit test equipment

properly administer the actual respirator fit test

calculate a fit factor

identify an inadequate test or invalid result, and

oversee the maintenance, storage, and transportation of the respirator fit test equipment, such that the equipment remains in good, clean, working condition.

ANSI/AIHA Z88.10-2001 requires that the employer’s respiratory program administrator ensure that those administering fit tests meet the following qualifications:

Familiarity with ANSI Z88.10 (fit test methods) and Z88.2 (respiratory protection).

General Knowledge of Respirators.

A firm knowledge of how different fit tests operate, and when those methods of fit testing should be used.

The ability to set-up and administer the chosen respirator fit test.


Army Regulations, specifically AR 11-34, require similar qualifications of respirator fit test administrators.

 

To summarize:

almost anyone can administer a respirator fit test with the proper training and a general understanding of respirator and respirator fit test concepts.