Qualitative Respirator Fit Tester

This course is designed to familiarize participants with required qualitative respirator fit testing protocols based on CSA standards. Participants will learn about respiratory hazards, why respirator are required, types of respirators, and proper use and care. We will also cover types of recognized respirator fit testing methods. Step-by-step qualitative testing procedures and reporting will be instructed using either Bitrex/Saccharin, or Irritant Smoke (Stannic Chloride) methods. Using desired method, the participant’s will perform respirator testing and practice until they are confident in the testing and reporting procedures.

  • Airborne Respiratory Hazards
  • Safe Respirator Use
  • Respirator Types (Use, Cleaning and Storage)
  • Donning a Mask (respirator)
  • Recognized Methods of Testing
  • Completing a Qualitative Respirator Fit Test
  • Reporting
  • Fit Test Kit Maintenance


Note: The training is valid for a period of 2 years.

Duration: 4 Hours
Method of Instruction: Classroom/Practical Exercises
Max Class Size: 6 Students

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NOTE: All courses can be tailored to include company specific information

Course Outline / Syllabus
  1. Airborne Respiratory Hazards
    • Hierarchy of Protection
    • When Respirator should be Used
    • Regulation (CSA, WCB)
    • Contaminants and Routes of Entry
    • Body Defenses and Routes of Entry
  2. Safe Respirator Use
    • Medical Assessment
    • Interference
    • Regulation for Fit Testing
  3. Respirator Types
    • Cartridges & Filters
    • Inspection
    • Cleaning & Storage
    • Selection of Respirators
  4. Donning a Mask (respirator)
    • Half Face
    • Full Face
    • N95
    • Face Seal Checking
  5. Recognized Methods of Testing
    • Qualitative Respirator Fit Testing
      • Bitrex/Saccharin
      • Irritant Smoke
      • Banana Oil
    • Quantitative Respirator Fit Testing
      • Portacount
  6. Completing a Qualitative Respirator Fit Test
    • Why Perform a Respirator Fit Test
    • Test Procedure
    • Medical Assessment
    • Train the Worker
    • Sensitivity (screening)
    • Testing (CSA Z94.4 2002 Appendix B)
  7. Reporting
    • What must be on a Respirator Fit Test Report
  8. Kit Maintenance
    • Cleaning and maintain your kit (Bitrex/ Saccharin)

An exam will be administered at the end of the class.