The proper use of respirators helps to
preserve the health and safety of our healthcare employees where airborne
threats such as SARS, H1N1 or Tuberculosis exist in the work environment. Respirators come in all shapes, sizes and forms which are based on your specific work environment and risk profiles. Synergy provides expert qualitative respirator fit testing to over 15 000 participants a year in Ontario for Disposable (N95) and Reusable (half-face) respirators. Respirator fit testing is required by law in all provinces of Canada, and the requirements range from yearly to every 2 years. In Ontario for healthcare workers, N95 Respirator Mask Fit Testing is required
every 2 years by Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act for employees in
health care occupations. For construction and manufacturing workers, your employer determines how often you will require fit testing, generally every year. Of course there
are organizational health and safety policies that require half face or N95 Mask Fit Testing
to be conducted on an annual basis, typically because of re-education and due
to body changes. For healthcare workers, mask fit testing in
Toronto provides assurance that employees are protected against the
transmission of airborne infectious agents. Learning to achieve a proper facial
seal is important, so often times, training is accompanied with the use or
introduction of N95 respirators. Medical screening is done in preparation for
the mask fit testing to identify anyone that may be unable to wear the
respirator for health reasons. In the
event that you cannot wear the N95
or fail to achieve a proper seal with any of the available
respirators, your employers or schools Occupational Health and Safety department will assess your needs in
effort to find protective gear that will fit and keep you safe. If you are
preparing for your N95 respirator mask fit testing, you may have a few
questions. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions
about N95 Respirators and mask fit testing.
I be fit tested if I have a beard?
Unfortunately, a beard will interfere with
your ability to get a good seal. Therefore, staff must be clean-shaven where
the respiratory seal needs to fit the face. Subsequently, if a person is
required to wear an N95 respirator during the course of his duties, he must
continue to be clean shaved any time a respirator has to be worn.
do I know if I am getting a good seal?
As previously mentioned, it is important
for men to sport a clean shave in order to achieve a good seal. Upon being
fitted for a mask, you should only wear the mask that you have been fitted for.
When donning the respirator, there are several steps to ensure that a proper
facial seal is created: properly securing the nose piece, a negative and
positive pressure check. A negative
pressure check is an inhalation check, ensuring that you will be able to
breathe in air and the positive pressure check is an exhalation check.
there any stipulations prior to being fit tested for the mask?
It is recommended that you refrain from chewing gum, smoking, eating, or
drinking beverages other than water 15-30 minutes prior to the test, as these
may interfere with your results. It is important that you follow these
recommended instructions as this mask will be protecting you at work for up to
When it comes to N95 mask fit testing in
Toronto, Synergy Employment Services provides the best value and utility amongst its
competitors. It has the first online registration tool in the industry, making
it easy for healthcare professionals to schedule a mask fitting. In addition,
they are almost 50% cheaper than the leading competition, providing more bang
for your buck, which can be especially helpful for large groups or budgetary
constraints. Their programs are extremely efficient and have widespread
acceptance across Ontario, as they are conducted according to national standards
set forth by the CSA Z94. 4-11 standards.
Why is Synergy your best choice for mask fit testing in Ontario?
Synergy Employment is a leader in respirator fit testing in Ontario and conduct over 15 000 Mask Fit Tests a year alone. We have a very large school training program and provide mask fit testing to universities and colleges directly on campus. Our clients include York University, McMaster University, UOIT, University of Toronto and Georgian College to name a few. We offer the best in class availability for mask fit testing and offer an easy to use online scheduling tool. By making your reservation online you will be invited to be trained by our experienced instructors and receive a laminated wallet certificate valid for 2 years. Rest assured your records are kept on file with Synergy for 10 years according to CSA Standards and we can produce your card in case you lose it. Go ahead, visit us online and book your N95 Mask Fit Testing appointment today!