Roy McKay Ph.D.

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Course Fee: $400

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This one (1) day workshop combines comprehensive lectures with "hands-on" training to learn OSHA recommended procedures for quantitative respirator fit testing with the TSI PortaCount and/or OHD Quantifit. Students have the choice of learning one or both methods. Each student will fit test a variety of different style respirators including filtering facepieces, elastomeric half, and full facepiece respirators as part of the fit testing experience. Students will learn how to install fit testing adapters for elastomeric facepieces and probes for filtering facepieces (dust masks). The combination of lecture and "hands-on" testing in the presence of a trained and experienced instructor will help participants learn how to conduct respirator fit testing to satisfy regulatory requirements. Unlike our two-day Fit Testing Workshop, this one day program is limited to quantitative fit testing methods utilizing the TSI PortaCount, TSI PortaCount with N-95 Companion, and the OHD Quantifit. Fit testing with Saccharin (i.e., sweetener), Bitrex (bitter agent), banana oil, and irritant smoke are not included. Students who wish to learn qualitative fit testing techniques should consider our two-day fit testing workshop. Class size will be limited to ensure a favorable faculty to student ratio. Students will learn how to set-up, operate, maintain, troubleshoot, analyze, and interpret fit test results. Students will also learn how to calibrate testing equipment. All course materials, supplies, equipment, and reference manuals will be provided.

In addition to fit testing, students will learn how to disassemble, clean, inspect, and re-assemble respirators. An "inspection workshop" using a variety of damaged respirators taken from local workplaces will be used to strengthen the student's inspection skills. The student workbook is also a valuable reference for solving fit testing problems in the future.

This course uses a combination of lecture and small practicum groups to ensure students have ample time to practice and learn fit testing techniques. Our "Hands-On" approach is emphasized throughout the course. Students will fit test several different make, model and style facepieces, not just one.

This course is designed to teach quantitative fit testing techniques. Dr. McKay and his staff have many years of teaching and practical experience. You'll also have an opportunity to learn respirator fit testing from the chair of the ANSI Z88.10 sub-committee on respirator fit testing. Since we don't sell or manufacture respiratory protective equipment, our approach is to provide students an opportunity to fit test a wide variety of respirators from different manufacturers. The information is presented in an unbiased, understandable, and professional manner. Over many years, we have developed excellent visual training tools, comprehensive manuals, and provide plenty of equipment to enhance the learning experience. Refer to the listing of course topics for additional information.

Course Topics:
Students will be given practice problems to solve throughout the workshop to enhance their newly acquired skills. Students may choose to learn any one or all of the quantitative fit test methods they desire. Alternatively they may concentrate on the method used at their workplace. All fit testing workshops emphasize donning, strap adjustment, and technical matters universal to all fit testing methods. Optional lectures, demonstrations, and workshops allow students to obtain additional information or concentrate their attention on specific fit testing methods.

  • How to Inspect Respirators Prior to Fit Testing ("Hands-on" Workshop with Damaged Respirators)
  • General Fit Testing Comments and Procedures
  • Mask Donning, Strap Adjustment, and Fitting Tips
  • User Seal Check Procedures
  • Operating Principles of the:
    • TSI PortaCount
    • TSI PortaCount with N-95 Companion
    • OHD Quantifit
  • OSHA Fit Testing Requirements
  • Fit Testing Workshop (Hands-On Fit Testing)
  • Pass/Fail Criteria for Quantitative Fit Testing
  • Interpretation of Test Results
  • Common Fit Testing Mistakes (Causes of False Positive and False Negative Tests)
  • Fit Testing Record Keeping Requirements
  • Probing Filtering Facepieces with the N-95 Companion (Hands-On, optional)
  • Additional Fit Testing Practicum Time (Hands-On Workshop)
  • Disassembly and Assembly Workshop (Hands-On)
  • Re-assembly & Final Inspection Workshop and Check-out (Hands-On)
  • Concluding Remarks, Question & Answer Session

Students are given the option of learning all fit testing methods or concentrating on one specific method that meets their personal needs

Who Should Attend:
This course is designed for individuals who need to conduct quantitative respirator fit testing at their workplace. OSHA regulations are not intended to be cookbooks that tell us how to conduct respirator fit testing.

No prior fit testing experience is needed, however, prior knowledge of general respirator standards and guidelines equivalent to our "Overview of Respiratory Protection" course is required. Proof of prior training may be requested. Students who do not have at least 7 hours of formal training should consider taking our one day "Overview of Respiratory Protection" training course (or equivalent) in advance.

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
Lecture begins 8:30
Program ends 5:00
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.

Course Schedule

  • Dates to Be Determined
Course Fee: $400

Save $125 if Fit Testing Worshop: Quantitative - 1 Day is taken with Overview of Respiratory Protection

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