PDC 201: Enhancing Your Respirator Fit Testing Skills – NEW!

Jessica Hauge, MPH, CIH, CSP Lead Instructor
St. Paul, MN 
United States of America
Ms. Megan Fillmore, CSP, CIH Instructor
Saint Paul, MN 
United States of America
Sat, 5/30: 8:00 AM  - 12:00 PM 
Professional Development Course 
Georgia World Congress Center - Building B 
Room: B202 
CM Credit Hours: 3.5 


Respirator program administrators are responsible for ensuring that respirator fit-testing of workers is conducted according to the procedures specified in the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134. Qualitative fit-testing can be a relatively low-cost means to effectively and compliantly fit-test a workforce. This hands-on workshop will provide a detailed overview of fit-testing with the Saccharin and Bitrex™ methods. Attendees will explore and discuss the portions of the standard that pertain to fit-testing, learn how to conduct a qualitative fit-test, and explore important troubleshooting methods to help fit-test sessions run smoothly and ensure high quality fit-test results. The session will also include a hands-on opportunity to conduct a fit-test using the PortaCount model 8038.

*Please note: Only participants registering for two (2) half-day PDCs on the same day will receive a box lunch.

**Please note: power strips will not be provided at each attendee's seat; however, charging stations for laptops will be provided in each course room.

Course Outline

• Overview of the Regulatory Framework for Respirator Fit Testing, 29 CFR 1910.134
• Recommended Fit-testing Methods
• How to Identify the Appropriate Method to Use
• Procedures for Setting Up and Conducting Saccharin & Bitrex™ Fit-tests
• Troubleshooting Techniques for Saccharin and Bitrex™ Fit Testing
• Demonstration and Hands-on – Conducting Qualitative Respirator Fit Tests (QLFT)
• Demonstration and Hands-on – Conducting Quantitative Respirator Fit Tests (QNFT)
• Sharing Current Tools and Resources
• Discussion, Q&A 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

• Discuss the requirements related to fit-testing, outlined in the OSHA Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134.
• Describe respirator fit-testing best practices.
• List ways to troubleshoot saccharin and Bitrex™ fit-test equipment. 


Attendees should have familiarity with respiratory protection types, filtration types, and respirator selection principles, including assigned protection factors (APFs). 

Value Added

Participants will engage in discussions which will help them identify new and/or improved practices to implement in their own respiratory protection programs. 

Course Level


Learning Aids


Learning Level(s)



Communication and Training
Protective Clothing and Equipment/Respiratory Protection

Transfer of Knowledge

Group activities
Hands-on demonstrations and practicum