Respirator fit testing will be available this month

August 10, 2018

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Respirator fit testing dates are available in August for colleagues whose job description dictates the need for a respirator.

These masks are fitted, NIOSH-approved, air-filtering respirators (not surgical masks). N-95 respirators can offer particulate protection against airborne and/or aerosolized diseases. Reusable respirators can offer particulate and chemical/gas protection.

Annual testing required

Annual fit testing for respirator masks is an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirement for any employee whose job description indicates a potential for exposure to airborne and/or aerosolized diseases. Fit testing and medical clearance is required before you use a respirator, annually, and/ or if there is a change in your physical appearance that may affect the fit of your mask, e.g., large weight gain or loss, major dental work, facial surgery (that alters the shape of your face) or scarring in the area of the seal.

Surgical masks and PAPR units do not require fit testing.

Testing dates and locations will be:

  • Aug. 20-21, Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue, 2500 Bellevue Medical Center Dr., Bellevue, Conference Room D
  • Aug. 22-24 and Aug. 27-30, Clarkson Tower, Lower Storz, LC1, 4350 Dewey Ave., Omaha.
  • Aug. 31, University Health Center, Room 202, 550 N 19th St, Lincoln.

Please register as soon as possible. To register, log in to Apollo, select "Search for Trainings" and type in "fit testing." Additional dates also will be available in November.

Other important information:

  • Complete and take the following forms with you to your appointment:
  • 3M 1870+ (N-95) respirators will be available for fit testing at these sessions. If you need a different model/ style, please bring one with you to your appointment.
  • If you also need a reusable respirator (half or full-face, negative pressure), you need to reserve an appointment time for each mask AND contact Employee Health to arrange for the use of an adaptor. Take your reusable mask(s) with you to your appointment.
  • Your appointment will take approximately 20 minutes (for one fit test).
  • Plan to arrive 5 to 10 minutes before your appointment; if you are late, you may be asked to reschedule.
  • Males must be clean-shaven where the respirator is intended to seal on the face. If you have facial hair, you cannot be fit tested and should not schedule an appointment.
  • For more information regarding fit testing and what to expect at your appointment please visit the employee health fit testing share point page.

The Employee Health Clinic will still offer appointments for fit testing new employees, job changes, or other special circumstances. Please contact the Employee Health Clinic at 402-552-3563 to schedule these appointments.

Questions? Email Employee Health, or contact John Hauser or Miriam McCann at Environmental Health & Safety or by calling 402-559-6356.

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