Fit is key, it can impact the seal of your respirator, the protection provided and even comfort. Because what you need on the job is a respirator that fits so it can help protect you all day long.
At 3M, fit plays a central role in the development process. Our state-of-the-art global labs pave the way for important discoveries and advancements, providing options in respiratory protection for workers around the world. We test and research facial structures to help us to cover many face types and shapes.
“We’re constantly doing research to try and improve and also offer the workers a variety of models so that they can pick the one best suited to their face and work conditions.” - Nicole Vars McCullough, 3M Global Technical Services Manager.
Advancing the fit test.
At 3M, our safety excellence extends far beyond lab testing. We developed one of the leading qualitative fit tests in use today. We offer OSHA-compliant fit test kits and extensive training materials that employers and safety managers can use to help ensure that selected N95 respirators can provide workers with a proper fit.
“A fit test is done annually by your employer to ensure that he or she has chosen a respirator for you that is capable of fitting your face well.” - Jessica Hauge, 3M Respirator Products Technical Service Engineer
Always remember, when wearing a respirator be an advocate for respirator safety. The golden rule is that if the fit or seal of the respirator is ever compromised during use, STOP immediately, EXIT the worksite, see your supervisor, and do not return to a contaminated area until your respirator fits and functions properly.
There's more to fit than meets the eye.