On-site or in-house Quantitative Respirator Fit Testing and Worker Training services are available for employers within the greater Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky area. With more than 450 different make and model facepieces, we can fit test nearly any respirator. To schedule fit testing at our clinic, complete a Request Fit Test form.
Our comprehensive services are designed to simplify your record keeping and administrative responsibilities. Copies of test result summaries, identifying successfully fitted respirators will be provided immediately after services are performed. In addition each worker receives a special wallet size certification card, clearly identifying the specific make, model, style and size respirator that fits.
OSHA requires that anyone who wears a tight fitting respirator must be fit tested and trained by a qualified individual. We meet and exceed any and all qualification criteria, giving your program instant credibility. Our time proven techniques reduce your overall costs, since administrative time is significantly reduced. With respect to respirator training, we don't use a videotape. Each year the content of the training program changes to match the needs of the user. In general, our refresher training programs are a shorter in length; more advanced, and are designed to meet the needs of the experienced respirator user.
If you need additional information or a price quotation, please call us at 513/558-1234. Alternatively, e-mail us at: info@DrMcKay.com
Additional information about our program is listed below.
Consider our Professional Experience!
What is the Purpose of Fit Testing?
One purpose of respirator fit testing is to verify that the selected make, model, and size of a tight-fitting facepiece adequately accommodates an individual's unique facial characteristics. This is accomplished so there is reasonable assurance that the wearer has learned to don the facepiece properly and can achieve the anticipated protection during use. Fit Testing also serves as the final exam for worker training. In other words, the worker must be able to don the facepiece and adjust the straps properly in order to pass the fit test!
What is "Quantitative" Fit Testing?
Quantitative fit testing is a procedure used to measure the fit of a respirator. Using "state of the art" computerized equipment, we can identify the proper make, model, and size respirator that best fits your workers without exposing them to irritating gases, dusts, or other particles. The biggest advantage of quantitative fit testing compared to qualitative fit testing is that it does not rely on the wearer's response to determine leakage.
Why Choose the UC Program?
We have over 450 different make, model, and size respirators available for fit testing. Because we handle every respirator brand, we're not forced into fitting workers into a brand you don't use. Finding a respirator that's comfortable is just as important as finding one that fits, and an uncomfortable respirator will not be worn. Prior to our arrival, we will identify your company's preference for a particular brand respirator and will try to fit as many workers as possible into that one brand. If we can't find a respirator that fits properly, or it's uncomfortable to the worker, then we will try your second brand preference.
All of our staff are experienced fit testers. We don't make the costly mistake of switching workers from one brand to another, because they lack experience.
How Important Is Proper Fit?
Issuing respirators without proper education and fit testing may cause more harm than good. Using a poorly fitting respirator can create a false sense of security and result in significant overexposure to hazardous substances. Proper fit can only be identified by fit testing.
Is Fit Testing Required?
Yes. OSHA, NIOSH, and ANSI all require fit testing for tight fitting respirators, including disposables when required to be worn.
Is Worker Training Required?
Yes. OSHA, NIOSH and ANSI all require training for workers who wear respirators. This training can be provided by the employer or, we can provide this training for you.
We Support Respirator Research.
We provide equipment, time, space, facilities and supplies to students at the University of Cincinnati to support new respirator research. Under Dr. McKay's direction, students have developed new fit test methods and ideas. Many of these projects have made their way into current OSHA and ANSI respirator guidelines. Your support of our program helps support the research and educational activities of the University of Cincinnati's Department of Environmental Health.
What We Don't Do:
We don't rely solely on video-tapes for training. We use training programs that match the needs and experience of the respirator wearer. That means each year the worker is given a different training program designed to review basic fundamentals as well as providing updated materials unique to the previously trained and experienced user.
We don't take short cuts. Our mission is to ensure a properly fitted respirator is selected.
We don't send inexperienced staff. Our team is trained by Dr. McKay.
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