Respirator Fit Test

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N.C. Cooperative Extension, Wayne County Center will be offering a Respirator Fit Test on February 26, 2024 to be held at the Farm Credit Farmer’s Market. Please call our office at 919-731-1501 to make an appointment.




Federal Regulations require medical clearance PRIOR to fit testing

When You Arrive

You will be checked in and asked to fill out the fit test record and Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) questionnaire, if not previously completed.

Medical Clearance

Medical clearance is an evaluation completed by a licensed healthcare professional (e.g., physician, family nurse practitioner, or physician assistant). If proof of medical clearance cannot be produced at the time of the fit test, one of the agromedicine nurses will complete the evaluation prior to conducting the fit test. Documentation of (1) medical clearance, (2) the timing and (3) fit test are ALL necessary for compliance.

Fit Test

The NC Agromedicine Institute nurses will perform the fit test using specialized equipment. Participants will be tested in the respirator they plan to use and must fit only on respirators that was worn during the fit test.



Store cartridges in a container separate from the respirator and keep a log of the length of time cartridges are used. The use time for cartridges and filtering facepieces is 8 hours.


The fit test record and medical clearance provided by the NC State Agromedicine Institute worker protection standards require these documents to be kept on file for 2 years, while OSHA requires 5 years. OSHA farms are those with migrant housing or 11+ full-time workers year-round.


Check or invoice to farm.

Per federal guidelines, fit tests will not be administered when facial hair protrudes under the respirator seal or extends far enough to interfere with the device’s valve function.

Short mustaches, sideburns, and small goatees that are neatly trimmed so that no hair compromises the seal of the respirator may be permitted for fit testing. Scan the QR code to see acceptable facial hair.

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Sharon Sutton, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionSharon SuttonCounty Operations Support Specialist Call Sharon Email Sharon N.C. Cooperative Extension, Wayne County Center
Updated on Jan 16, 2024
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