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Respirator Fit Testing Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA.


We Offer Three Types of Respirator Fit Testing Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Respirator Fit Testing certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Respirator Fit Testing Training Course?

Our respirator fit testing training course is OSHA Aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.

  • Basic Testing Exercises
  • Test Exercises
  • Qualitative Testing
  • Quantitative Testing
  • Safe Practices

Course Goals:

Intended Audience:

  • Employees
  • Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following OSHA Requirements:


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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    Respirator Fit Testing Certification Standards

    U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1910.134: Respiratory Protection
  • 29 CFR 1910.134 – Appendix A: Fit Testing Procedures (Mandatory)
  • General Duty Clause 5(a)(1)

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Respirator Fit Testing Safety Training?

    In line with OSHA requirements, anyone who works with electricity must receive training prior to working on their own. OSHA requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher training, OSHA’s standard in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

    Stay Informed On All Things Respirator Fit Testing

    Did You Know?

    According to NIOSH, 10% of test subjects failed their fit test after 1 year, even though they were tested with the same make, model, and size of respirator.

    Over 3 million employees in the U.S. are required to wear respiratory protection.

    Facial hair under the sealing surface of a respirator can cause 20-1000 times more leakage than a clean-shaven individual.


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What are the two types of fit tests?

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    The two categories of fit tests are qualitative and quantitative. Qualitative fit tests use the senses of the user (smell, taste, or other involuntary reactions) along with a test agent to determine if there is any leakage into the mask. On the other hand, quantitative fit tests use special equipment to detect the concentration of the test agent inside the mask, comparing it to the concentration in the test chamber.

    How often should you do a respirator fit test?

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    There are many different protocols that you can use for testing the fit of a respirator. There are similarities between the protocols within the two categories, but there are also many differences between the individual protocols. Check the OSHA Requirements for specific protocol descriptions.

    How do you perform a fit test?

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    Dust particles can collect in the lungs and the lung tissues which can injure the lungs. Some particles are more dangerous for the lungs because toxins could be released by macrophages in the lungs.

    Why is it important to be fit tested?

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    An ill-fitting respirator will do you no good against respiratory hazards. If your respirator doesn’t have a sufficient seal, then you may as well not be wearing the respirator at all.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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