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Many healthcare organizations are still using qualitative methods (using Saccharin or Bitrex) to fit test workers who wear N95 filtering facepieces. Those fit test administrators may be more familiar with qualitative fit testing and unaware of the benefits of quantitative fit testing.
In this 4-minute video, experts demonstrate how to achieve a good respirator fit quickly with quantitative methods, using the PortaCount® Fit Tester.
Quantitative fit testing has many advantages over qualitative testing methods. The primary advantage is that direct measurements and data are used to help staff achieve the best respirator fit for maximum protection. Secondly, you can complete a fit test more easily and in less time.
The PortaCount® Fit Tester gives you the ability to see real-time data. With this information, not only are you better able to ensure respirators fit but the data can also indicate if respirators themselves are not performing as expected. This quantitative feedback is especially important now that there is so much variation available in respirator type and quality.
With the PortaCount Fit Tester, there are no chemicals to prepare, nor squeezing of a nebulizer. Fit test results provide data detailing how well a respirator fits, proving those respirators can deliver the expected protection. The automated fit test finishes in 2:29 minutes, making it the fastest OSHA-accepted fit test available.
Watch our video to see how the PortaCount Fit Tester can help staff achieve a better respirator fit and protection in less time.