Occupational Health Services

Girard, Warren, Boardman

Respirator fit test

Fit Respirator Testing

A Fit Test is an exam conducted to verify that a respirator is both comfortable and fits the user correctly. A respirator can't protect your employee if it doesn't fit his/her face. It's that simple. Some respirators, known as tight-fitting respirators, must form a tight seal with the face or neck to work properly. If the respirator doesn't fit a person’s face properly, contaminated air can leak into the respirator face piece, and your employee could breathe in hazardous substances. So, before an employee wears a tight-fitting respirator at work, you must be sure that your respirator fits you. AOHS can help you accomplish this task. We do this by performing a Fit test on your employee while he/she wears the same make, model, and size of respirator that is required on the job. That way, you know that the respirator fits your employee properly and can protect him/her if the respirator is used correctly. Also, before an employee uses a respirator or is fit-tested, you must ensure that your employee is medically able to wear it.

Fit testing uses a test agent to verify the respirator's fit, either qualitatively detected by the employee’s sense of taste, smell or involuntary cough (irritant smoke) or quantitatively measured by an instrument. It takes about twenty minutes to complete the test. Each employee must be tested at least annually. After passing a fit test with a respirator, your employee must use the exact make, model, style, and size respirator on the job.

Sometimes your employee may need to wear prescription glasses or personal protective equipment, such as safety goggles or earmuffs while performing a job. If your employee falls into this category, then you must wear these items during the fit test to be sure the items don't interfere with the respirator's fit.

Accord Occupational Health

Accord Occupational Health has three offices located in Northeast Ohio, conveniently located halfway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, as well as halfway between New York City and Chicago.

We offer a wide range of testing services for companies in industries as wide ranging as construction, trucking, and manufacturing. Among these testing services are drug and alcohol testing, CDL physicals for Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Carrier Safety Administratin (FMCSA). In addition to these services, we offer workplace physicals, pre-employment testing, Fit respirator testing, and hearing tests.

Accord Occupational Health Services is you partner in creating and maintaining a safe and healthy workforce.


1 Petro Place, Suite 1 & 2
Girard, Ohio 44420
Phone: 330-544-3444


1793 Elm Rd.
Warren, Ohio 44483
Phone: 330-372-4660


7067 Tiffany Blvd, Suite 270
Boardman, Ohio 44514
Phone: 330-758-4990

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