Mask Fit Testing Certification Sessions
MaskFit Plus (MaskFit+) offers a flexible, efficient, and cost-effective mask fit testing approach to support our clients’ specific face fitted respirator mask requirements! We perform N95 mask fit testing, as well as half-face mask respirators, and full-face mask respirator fit testing.
We offer Occupational Health and Safety (OHSA) approved Qualitative Fit Testing (QFLT) for both:
- Business clients at their office or plant location and
- Individuals that require their own certifications at our locations with pre-scheduled certification sessions.
For clients that are new to mask fitting, we can assist them with the right fitted respiratory mask to meet their work or school-related requirements.
What Masks Require Mask Fit / Respirator Fit Testing?
N95 Masks, half face respirators, full-face respirators, KN95 masks
What is a Respirator?
A mask like device used as a facial covering that is worn over the nose and mouth to prevent the inhalation of contaminated airborne substances.
What is a Mask Fit Test?
When a student for a school program (i.e., medical, clinical related, industrial), or a worker (medical, dental, construction, manufacturing), for their profession must wear a mask or respirator. This mask must be professionally fitted respirator mask. The face fit mask test determines the right size respirator size for their face.
There are two types of mask fit testing, a Qualitative Fit Test (QFLT) and Quantitative Fit Test (QFNT). A QFLT is a subjective test that uses of a tasting solution. A QNFT involves the use of a computer readout. Both are effective tests when requiring a mask fitting test. A Qualitative Fit Test certification is quite common and cost-effective for many professionals in school programs, long-term care, hospitals, dental offices, construction, and manufacturing.
What is an N95 Mask?
An N95 respirator or N95 mask is a mask or repository protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit with very high filtration of airborne particulates. The N95 brand designation means that the wearer must undergo a mask fit test certification process. This respirator blocks as least 95% of these very small airborne particulates. To be more precise, N95 masks filter out 95% of airborne particulate from .3 microns to .5 microns in size.
Who needs a mask fit test?
There is a growing need for mask respiratory protection in many industries. It’s not just about protecting people from COVID, it’s about keeping people safe for noxious or dangerous airborne particles that could impact their breathing and health!
Our clients include college and university students, who are taking nursing, person support workers (PSW), pharmacy, physiotherapists, medical research, industrial programs, to professions in the medical field, such as nurses, pharmacracies, physiotherapists, maintenance workers, painters, welders, construction, engineers, plant workers, dental professionals, personal support workers (PSW) and more…
If an N95 mask/ ½ face mask or full-face mask is introduced in the workplace or required for a school program, the wearer MUST meet the OHSA regulations CAN/CSA Z94.4-18 standard. They MUST be fit tested.
What are the CAN-CSA Standards?
- Keeps all Canadian workers safe who are exposed to respiratory hazards.
- Provides requirements for the selection, use and the care of respirators. Also provide the administration in the workplace to support effective respiratory protection programs.
- Every 5 years, standards are reviewed and updated.
- Standards are based on the testing requirements developed by NIOSH. For any special criteria specific to firefighting applications, this will be based National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard.
Our Mask Fit Certification Sessions
We offer a flexible, efficient, and cost-effective approach to support our client’s specific certification requirements!! Our 3M-certified mask fit instructors have mask fit-tested thousands of wearers across many professions in Ontario.
We offer Qualitative Mask Tit Testing (QFLT) for both:
- Business clients at their office or plant location and
- Individuals at one of our locations with pre-scheduled certification sessions to meet their own specific needs.
Overall Coverage Area: Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington Hamilton area (including Stoney Creek, Waterdown Ancaster), Brampton, Brantford, Cambridge, Kitchener/Waterloo, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Kitchener/Waterloo, Brantford, Cambridge, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls
Our Qualitative Fit Testing (QFLT) sessions are based on Occupational Health and Safety (OHSA) regulations. This respiratory fit mask testing certification meets the requirement for mask fit testing under the Canadian CSA-Z94 standard (use and care of respirators). We mask fit, NIOSH-approved N95 masks, approved KN95, half-face masks / P100, and full-face masks.
NOTE: Participants that have experienced anxiety, a heart condition, asthma, and respiratory conditions may not be able to be properly fit tested. They should consult a physician if they are concerned. Please inform your MaskFit Plus instructor if any of the participants have the above-listed conditions and we will do our best to accommodate them.
Certification Details and Participant Information
- Every 2 years, employers/schools that require employees/students to protect themselves from contaminated airborne particulates must offer or require a respirator mask fit test certification with an appropriate mask or respirator (N95, ½ or full-face mask).
- The certification covers, the mask, inspection, limitations, proper donning, seal check, doffing and disposal, certification.