Respiratory protection is an essential aspect of occupational health and safety and is often achieved by the use of respirators. Respirators come in a variety of shapes and sizes from disposable face masks to full-face respirators and can be outfitted with various filters to filter out particulate or gases.
The use of a respirator requires the user to first be fit-tested for the particular respirator. Because of the different shapes and sizes of respirators coupled with the individual’s unique facial features, a fit-test is required to ensure proper sealing of the respirator to the user’s face.
Where respiratory protection is required, the UBC Okanagan Health, Safety and Environment office is pleased to offer respirator fit testing to UBC Okanagan staff free of charge. Mandatory annual retesting is also required as facial features can change over time, affecting the seal of the respirator. Both half-face and full-face fit-testing is available. Fit-testing will be done by appointment only by emailing the Safety & Environment Advisor at HSE.firstname.lastname@example.org.