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Ask the expert: Trainer qualifications for fit testing

Q: Who would be qualified to do N95 respirator fit testing in our practice?

A:  OSHA does not have a certification requirement for fit test training, only that the person be familiar with one of the two acceptable fit test methods as well as the limitations of the models of respirators being tested:

Fit test trainer requirements, according to OSHA’s Fit Testing Procedures—1910.134 App A [1]:

Quantitative Fit Test (QNFT) Qualitative Fit Test (QLFT)
1. Calibrate equipment. 1. Prepare test solutions.
2. Perform tests properly. 2. Calibrate equipment.
3. Recognize an invalid test. 3. Perform tests properly.
4. Calculate fit factors properly. 4. Recognize an invalid test.
5. Ensure equipment is in working order. 5. Ensure equipment is in working order.

This month’s Medical Environment Update looks at just-in-time fit testing for healthcare facilities. [2]