The 2009 Australian/New Zealand Standard 1715 clearly mandates that fit testing is a necessary part of any respiratory protection program. Section 2.6 says, “the program administrator shall ensure a suitable fit test is carried out for all users of Respiratory Protective Equipment with a close fitting facepiece.”
The 3M Qualitative Fit Test Apparatus FT-10 and F-30 from 3M Occupational Health and Environmental Safety are designed for fit testing disposable and half face respirators fitted with particulate or combination gas/vapour and particulate filters.
This fit test kit offers a fast, easy method for performing qualitative fit testing with no need for calibration of equipment or facepiece modification. The test operator can be self-taught.
Each fit test kit contains a hood and collar assembly, two nebulisers, sensitivity solution, test solution and detailed instructions. The 3M Qualitative Fit Test kits are available with Sweet (FT-10) or Bitter (FT-30) solutions.