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Conducting a Respirator Fit Test (Realización de una prueba de ajuste del respirador)

Conducting a Respirator Fit Test (Realización de una prueba de ajuste del respirador)

*Presented in English with simultaneous translation available in Spanish*
*Presentado en inglés con traducción simultánea disponible en español*

This session will build on the April 22nd PACT Webinar Session: Respiratory Protection for Pesticides and is offered for pesticide users who need to gain knowledge about the fit testing process. This session will focus specifically on the process and Best Management Process (BMPs) of conducting a respiratory fit test. In addition, it will also include an introduction on how to use a new soon to be released respirator training flip chart. The flip chart, which will meet the Worker Protection Standards for annual training, was developed by North Carolina Agromedicine, and peer reviewed by the NPSEC Respirator Collaboration Team.

Participants of this webinar will learn the following:

  • List the steps required for a qualitative fit test to meet the Worker Protection Standards (WPS) requirements
  • Conduct a qualitative fit test using OSHA protocols
  • Identify problems that can lead to fit test failure and how to trouble shoot them
  • Outline the information required to be included in the WPS annual respirator training
  • Deliver required WPS annual training based on the information provided in the WPS Respirator Training Fit Test

Esta sesión se basará en la sesión del seminario virtual de PACT del 22 de abril: Protección respiratoria para plaguicidas. Esta sesión se centrará específicamente en el proceso y el proceso de manejo mejor (BMP por su sigla en inglés) de realizar una prueba de ajuste respiratorio. Además, también incluirá una introducción sobre cómo utilizar un rotafolio de entrenamiento nuevo sobre respiradores que se lanzará próximamente. El rotafolio, que cumplirá con los Estándares de protección del trabajador (WPS por su sigla en inglés) para la capacitación anual, fue desarrollado por Agromedicine de Carolina del Norte y revisado por los colegas del Equipo de colaboración de respiradores de NPSEC.

Durante el seminario los participantes aprenderán a:

  • Enumere los pasos necesarios para que una prueba de ajuste cualitativa cumpla con los requisitos de los Estándares de protección del trabajador (WPS)
  • Realice una prueba de ajuste cualitativa utilizando los protocolos de OSHA
  • Enumerar los problemas que pueden conducir a la falla de la prueba de ajuste y cómo solucionarlos
  • Resuma la información requerida para ser incluida en la capacitación anual sobre respiradores de WPS
  • Brindar la capacitación anual requerida de WPS basada en la información proporcionada en la Prueba de ajuste de entrenamiento de respiradores WPS


Robin Tutor-Marcom, EDD, MPH

Director for the North Caroline Agromedicine Institute and a member of the national respirator collaboration team.

Directora del Instituto de Agromedicina de Carolina del Norte y miembro del equipo de colaboración nacional de respiradores.

Jessica Wilburn, MSN, RN

Family Nurse Practitioner and the North Carolina Agrisafe nurse coordinator for the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute.

Enfermera familiar y coordinadora de enfermería de Agrisafe de Carolina del Norte para el Instituto de Agromedicina de Carolina del Norte.


This webinar is free of charge and open to all extension educators, regulators, agencies and centers,
clinicians, industry, commodity groups and other organizations interested in the topic. The webinar will be recorded and posted on along with all other resource materials.

Part of the Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training (PACT) webinar series. The 2020 PACT biennial meeting funded through a Cooperative Agreement between Michigan State University (MSU) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19.

The PACT Planning Committee did a great job developing a comprehensive and engaging agenda with several topics that are extremely relevant to COVID-19. As a result, the MSU–EPA Cooperative Agreement will be delivering a series of webinars based on PACT topics over this next year. This provides a unique opportunity for extension educators and other stakeholders to gain knowledge and benefit from the robust agenda developed by the Planning Committee.

The goal of PACT is to improve implementation of Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule (40CFR171) and the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Revision (40 CFR170) by state and tribal pesticide programs. This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement X8-83927401 to Michigan State University. Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) and the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC) are sub-awardees on the grant.

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