All of us at Synergy will agree that respirator fit testing saves lives! We have worked through several respiratory outbreaks as a group and can agree that the proper use of personal protective equipment is a first line of defence in the prevention of disease in a community and workplace.
Why cant you just put on a respirator without fit testing?
This is a good question and the answer is very simple. Size matters! Each respirator is designed with a specific purpose and fit factor. Respirators come in different shapes and sizes, as to people. Mask Fit Testing allows a skilled and trained professional help assign a respirator that meets your specific work place requirements all while providing a fit factor that will protect the person wearing the respirator.
We get people who fit test year after year and their respirator size doesn't change. They always ask why we have to do it again and again? This too is an excellent question and has a very simple answer.
If you don't use it, you loose it!
We believe that education is king in health and safety. Over our countless thousands of fit tests each year, we have come to a simple conclusion - people simply forget the correct donning and doffing techniques and more importantly the facial seal exercises when using a respirator. A little reinforcement every year keeps this essential skill up to snuff.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Fit testing each model of respirator the employee is to use in workplace tasks before their use is important to assure the expected level of protection is provided by minimizing the total amount of contaminant leakage into the facepiece. The benefits of this testing include better protection for the employee and verification that the employee is wearing a correctly-fitting model and size of respirator. Higher than expected exposures to a contaminate may occur if users have poor face seals with the respirator, which can result in excessive leakage. (CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE)
With the occurrence of airborne diseases increasing in frequency across the globe, it more important than ever to ensure we have a strong education for our front line workers. Synergy is a leader in respiratory mask fit testing for the health care industry, servicing organizations ranging from 20 to 5000+ employees. For more information, visit us online at www.synergy-employment.com or simply fill out our online questionnaire and a friendly representative will contact you within 48 hours.
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