Mask Fit Testing lasts between 15-30 minutes and is $40.00 per student
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The proper use of an N95 respirator helps to protect the health and safety of students and staff where airborne threats such as SARS, H1N1 or Tuberculosis exist in the work environment. In Canada, each province maintains its own Occupational Health and Safety guidelines and policies. In Ontario, the Occupational Health and Safety Act suggests Respirator Fit Testing to be conducted every 2 years. In addition to Occupational Health and Safety Act, individual organizations will have health and safety policies and programs that may require fit testing to be conducted more frequently.
Each student that enters a clinical placement is required to be mask fit tested to determine the size of N95 respirator mask you may be required to wear in the event you are exposed to persons with airborne diseases. After mask fit testing, you will receive a signed card stating the type and size of mask you wear and expiration date. All clinical placements require a copy of this card prior to starting. We recommend that you carry this card with you during your clinical placement.
Respirators come in all shapes and sizes, and each hospital or agency carries different variations and sizing options. You MUST know which placement you are going to prior to testing so we can ensure you are fitted for masks that will be available to you.
Confidence in N95 mask application to achieve a proper facial seal is critical, therefore training is included with the fitting of N95 respirators with Nurse Educator. A short medical screening questionnaire is also completed prior to mask fit testing to identify anyone that may be unable to wear the respirator for health reasons. In the rare event that you cannot wear the N95 respirator or fail to achieve a proper seal with any of the available respirators, your schools' Occupational Health and Safety department will assess your needs in effort to find protective gear that will fit you and keep you safe.
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