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Course Schedule

  • May 16, 2024
Course Fee: $330
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This 1-day course is designed for the person who needs to understand why poorly fitting respirators pass and why good fitting respirators fail. This course begins with a review of OSHA fit testing requirements and emphasizes solutions to common fit testing problems. The course will decrease the frequency of switching between different respirator sizes & models. The course is especially helpful for persons familiar with fit testing procedures, but has limited formal training, needs a refresher, or needs a better understanding of fit testing.

It also provides an opportunity to discuss advanced topics not covered during a typical 2-day fit testing workshop due to time limitations. This course is also valuable for respirator program administrators who need a better understanding of fit testing procedures and assurance that their fit testing program is being run properly. The emphasis of this course is on quantitative fit testing with the TSI PortaCount, although many of the concepts are applicable to other fit test methods.

Partial Listing of Topics:
  • Review and clarification of OSHA required pre-fit test procedures
    • Selection process
    • Comfort assessment
    • Facial hair: how to handle and avoid future problems
    • Interference with other PPE
  • Differences between OSHA and ANSI Z88.10 fit testing procedures
  • Establishing pass/fail criteria
  • Interpretation of fit test results
  • Why user seal checks may fail to detect leakage
  • Why user seal checks create leaks not otherwise present
  • Proper use of fit test adapters
  • Selecting sample probe location
  • Why sample probe location on a full face respirator changes results
  • Why leaking respirators pass fit testing
  • Why good fitting respirators fail fit testing
  • Why a high fit factor is not always good
  • Wear time & non wear time issues
    • Understanding the relationship between high fit factors & protection
  • When is quantitative fit testing (QNFT) required?
  • How fit test operators can make poorly fitting respirators pass a fit test.
  • When qualitative fit testing (QLFT) cannot be used with full facepiece respirators
  • Troubleshooting equipment problems (when time permits)
  • Opportunity to get answers and clarification to your questions

Who Should Attend & Why Training?
OSHA regulations are not intended to be cookbooks for the fit test operator or those who oversee fit testing programs. Therefore, this training program is designed for anyone with this responsibility such as respirator the fit test operator, program administrators, chemical hygiene officers, supervisors, managers, industrial hygienists, health professionals (nurses, physicians, etc.) and others. You should attend this program if your job includes responsibility for respirator fit testing and/or fit test policy. This course also helps fulfill refresher-training requirements.

This course is NOT an initial training course. It is NOT a substitute for those who require a “hands-on” fit testing workshop. This is a comprehensive course open to all persons who need to improve their understanding fit testing. You don’t need to be a respirator expert, but familiarity with fit testing is helpful. Course content is comprehensive, but not difficult.

This program is usually held at a local hotel, located between downtown Cincinnati and the Cincinnati International Airport.

When you register, a confirmation letter will be sent with the name, location, and phone number of the host hotel.

Special arrangements will be made to reserve a block of rooms at a discounted rate. Your confirmation letter will have specific details; however, when in doubt identify yourself as a participant with the "University of Cincinnati".

Registration & doors open 8:00 am
Lecture begins 8:30 am
Program ends 4:30 pm
Note: Course content and times are subject to change.

Tuition: refer to registration form for current fee
Tuition includes all course materials and a comprehensive workbook. Students are enrolled in the order in which payment and registration is received. After payment is received, a confirmation letter will be sent to each student. Students should not make non-refundable travel arrangements until the confirmation letter is received. In the unlikely event the program is canceled due to accident, injury, or other unexpected event, your registration fee will be refunded in full. Liability is however, limited to the course fee. After your registration request is submitted, an email reply should be received within 48 hours. If a reply is not received, send an email to

About Our Course:
We don't sell or manufacture respirators. Therefore, our approach is to provide students the information needed to meet respiratory protection requirements. We have no hidden agenda. The information is presented in an unbiased, understandable, and professional manner.

Substitution, Transfer, Cancellation, & No-Show Policy:

  • Substitutions: We will gladly substitute another student for the same course date at any time at no charge.
  • Transfers: A one-time transfer request received at least 30 days prior to the course date is permitted. A new course date must be provided at the time of the transfer request. An administrative transfer fee (see schedule below) must be paid within 7-days, otherwise the request is denied and handled as a cancellation. Transfer requests received within 30 days of the course date are not permitted.
    • Request received more than 60 days prior to course date - Administrative Transfer Fee: None
    • Request received 30 - 60 days prior to course date - Administrative Transfer Fee: 40%
  • Cancellations: Written cancellation requests received within 30 calendar days are non-refundable.
    • Request received more than 60 days prior to course date - Amount Refunded: 75%
    • Request received 30 - 60 days prior to course date - Amount Refunded: 25%
  • No Shows: Refunds are not provided if student doesn't attend their confirmed course date.

On-Site Training:
This course can be given on-site at your location.

Additional Information?
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Course Schedule

  • May 16, 2024
Course Fee: $330
Register Now