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The PortaCount Respirator Fit Tester
OSHA has announced changes to their Respiratory Protection Standard. The changes affect the Ambient Aerosol Condensation Nuclei Counter (CNC) Quantitative Fit Test (QNFT) Protocols in 29 CFR 1910.134, Appendix A.
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These changes took effect September 26, 2019 and include new modified rules for the following respirators:
The new protocols are based on three studies, published in a peer-reviewed journal, demonstrating the equivalency to the original Ambient Aerosol CNC QNFT protocol.
In their final rule document, the agency said that the new protocols “will maintain safety and health protections for workers while providing additional flexibility and reducing compliance burdens.”
The respirator fit testing process is now faster and more streamlined. The modified CNC protocols enable fewer, shorter fit test exercises. Instead of eight exercises, the new rules require four. Total fit test time is reduced from 7:15 minutes to 2:29.
PortaCount® Respirator Fit Testers using the modified CNC protocols are now nearly twice as fast as instruments using the controlled negative pressure (CNP) REDON protocol and 65% faster than the original CNC protocols.
Whether you fit test medical teams, industrial workers, or first responders, your fit test program will benefit.
Like the original OSHA protocols, the new ones are compatible with most PortaCount Respirator Fit Testers. PortaCount quantitative fit tests are objective, exact, and consistent for every administrator. With the Modified CNC protocols, you can comply faster without compromising safety.
PortaCount models 8030, 8038, 8040, and 8048 are able to run the Modified CNC protocols.
PortaCount models 8030, 8038, 8040, and 8048 upgrades are available at https://tsi.com/support/tsi-software-and-firmware-wizard/,
If you own a PortaCount 8020 or 8028, now is the time to upgrade to the fastest fit test on the market.