• Respirator Fit Testing FAQ

    What is an N95 Respirator

    • A device that has met legislated standards and has been designated to protect the wearer from respiratory hazards in the workplace​.
    • Approved for use by NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the U.S.).​
  • A surgical mask is not a respirator
  • Respirators with an exhalation valve cannot be used for sterile procedures​
  • When do I need to wear an N95 respirator?

    Why do I need to be fit tested

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    Can I be fit tested if I have a beard?

    • No.  504 Gateway Time-out

    What happens if I can't be fit tested?

    When should fit testing be repeated?

    • Every two years
    • When a satisfactory fit test has not been achieved

    ​​For more information regarding fit testing and usage of respirators an N95 Respirator User Fact Sheet​ is available.

    Other information related to Respirator Usage

    Disposable Face Mask Information (an explanation of the different respirator codes).

    Respirator and Surgical Mask Comparison (3M Company).


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    For more information please contact: 

    Dave Vadnais

    Laboratory Safety Coordinator/Biosafety Officer 

    Faculty of Arts and Science

    Nipissing University 

    (705) 474-3450 ext. 4180