Presentation Title

Conducting Qualitative Respirator Fit Testing

 
About the Presentation

Qualitative respirator fit testing is a relatively low-cost means to conduct fit testing. This session will include a brief overview of the regulatory framework for respirator fit testing, 29 CFR 1910.120 Appendix A, including when qualitative fit testing is acceptable and when it’s not acceptable.  The rest of the session will focus on the saccharin and BitrexTM fit test methods – how to assemble the equipment, how to execute the fit test protocol, and how to troubleshoot issues.

 
Presenter

Jessica Hauge, CIH, CSP, Technical Service Engineer, 3M

 
Presenter Biography

Jessica Hauge, CIH, CSP, MPH, is a Technical Service Engineer for 3M’s Personal Safety Division, where she helps design respirators, conducts respirator-related research, and provides technical support and training to respirator wearers, assigners, and fit testers.  Prior to joining 3M’s Personal Safety Division, Ms. Hauge worked as an industrial hygienist with 3M Corporate Industrial Hygiene, managing projects related to conducting hazard evaluations, field exposure assessments, hazard characterization, and PPE assignment and fit testing. Ms. Hauge currently serves as Secretary of the International Society for Respiratory Protection and recently completed her term as chair of the AIHA Respiratory Protection Committee.

 
Presenter

Judi Coyne, MBA, MA, Health Commuication Specialist, NIOSH

 
Presenter Biography

Judi Coyne, MBA, MA is a Health Communication Specialist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL).  NPPTL is the NIOSH laboratory responsible for testing and certifying all respirators used in the workplace.  They also conduct research on various types of personal protective equipment, and produce guidance documents.  Judi holds an MBA as well as an MA in Communication, both from Duquesne University.