N95 Respirator Training & Qualitative Fit Testing

Target Audience: All staff and students who require the use of an N95 respirator while performing activities at McGill University. This course provides Respiratory Protection Training and Qualitative Fit Testing for N95 respirators, using sense of taste or reaction to an irritant to detect leakage into a respirator. 

Students should first contact their Faculty or School for an appointment for N95 fit testing, as they offer this service for students at no charge. However, if students choose to do N95 fit testing at EHS, they will be charged the $50 fee and must pay using a FOAPAL.

Training: Training: You can view the N95 Online Course & Exam. Once you have viewed the training video and completed the quiz, you may register for an in-person Fit Test using the registration steps below. Note that using the McGill VPN is required when accessing the online course and exam while off campus. Consult IT Services for questions regarding the use of the VPN.

Duration: Online training video - 15 minutes (excludes examination time); In-person fit test - 2 hours

Certification: Training and Fit Test results are valid for 2 years.

Cost: $50 for an in-person Fit Test, payable by FOAPAL.

In-person fit test location: 3610 McTavish, room 430

Note: EHS has the following N95 respirators available for fit testing:

  • 3M 1870+
  • 3M 9205+
  • 3M 1860
  • 3M 1860S
  • Moldex 1500 series

If you require fit testing on another model of N95 respirator, you must bring a box of this model of N95 respirator with you to the fit test.

Registration steps:

  1. McGill students, staff and faculty must complete the online course and exam using the EHS Safety Training System - Web Training
  2. Once you have successfully passed the exam (80%), you may register for a Qualitative Fit Test for an N95 Respirator.
  3. You must complete the PDF iconHealth Validation Form / PDF iconValidation santé and return it to rpp.ehs [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Health%20Validation%20Form) before your Fit Test appointment. Note that if ‘Yes’ is answered to any of the questions in Section 2, then the user must have Section 3 completed by a physician before EHS is able to fit test you.

Qualitative N95 Fit Tests

Note that the below sessions are for fit tests for N95 respirators only. EHS also offers Quantitative Fit Tests for Reusable half-face and full-face respirators.

NOTE: If you can’t attend your scheduled fit test session, you must formally cancel a minimum of 48 hours prior to the course's scheduled time to avoid a charge to your FOAPAL.

Please ensure that you complete the registration steps above before registering for a Fit Test. If you register for a Fit Test before successfully passing the online course and exam, your registration will be cancelled.

Fit test dates are available via Microsoft Bookings using the link above. If you have issues finding an available date, please rpp.ehs [at] mcgill.ca (email the Respiratory Protection Program).

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