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Practical Respirators: A Complete Guide

Respirators protect individuals from hazardous airborne particles, gases, and vapors. A respirator’s effectiveness depends on the type and its proper use. This guide highlights the different types of respirators and how they function efficiently to provide maximum protection. Understanding Respirator Types Respiratory equipment is designed to protect individuals from a wide range of airborne hazards, […]

The Future of Respiratory Protection: An Introduction to Understanding Fit2Fit in Italy

The importance of respirator testing cannot be overstated, particularly when it comes to maintaining safety and health in high-risk environments. Respirators play a critical role in safeguarding workers from inhaling hazardous substances, including dust particles, gasses, and vapors. They serve as the first line of defense, reducing the potential health risks that might lead to […]

Fast Fit Protocol: Ensuring Respiratory Safety with AccuTec

Ensuring Respiratory Safety with AccuTec: Aligning with OSHA’s Fast Fit Protocol At AccuTec, the safety of people in industries where respiratory protection is needed is our top priority.  We take pride in offering advanced fit-testing systems like AccuFIT 9000 and AccuFIT 9000 PRO. In this article, you will learn how our AccuFIT instruments meet OSHA’s […]

Quantitative Respirator Fit Test Solutions: Portacount, AccuFIT, and More

AccuFIT 9000 PRO Quantitative Respirator Fit Testing Machine

Even though OSHA first accepted quantitative respirator fit testing (QNFT) methods in the 1980s, only a few companies have produced fit testing instruments that use those methods. Products like AccuTec’s AccuFIT 9000 and TSI’s Portacount are among the only ones on the market today for use by employers in their Respiratory Protection Program. What is […]

The Case Against Qualitative Fit Testing

Qualitative Fit Testing Methods

Not all companies that use qualitative fit testing as a means to test the fit of respirators may know that the results are not necessarily 100% accurate. Since this is the case, it might be time to look for ways to conduct foolproof respirator fit testing which ensure that the results are reliable and verifiable. […]

Respirator Fit Testing Mandate: Yea or Nay?

Disposable respirator fit mask with proper face fit

Very few people like mandates, but there are many that make sense. For instance, restaurants are required to meet certain standards of cleanliness and sanitation to stay open and functioning. Commercial airline flight crews have to demonstrate proficiency in their ability to fly passenger-carrying aircraft by earning an Airline Transport Pilot rating and a First-Class […]

The Real Problem With Mask Mandates

N95 mask types

With the rise of the omicron variant, many States and businesses are enforcing mask mandates. Whether or not you agree with these mandates, the real question is…do they make sense when many masks are ineffective? Based on our experience, we think not. Not All Masks Protect The Wearer Cloth masks do little or nothing to […]

What is Quantitative Respirator Fit Testing?

Cartoon scientist with half-mask respirator and proper face fit

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How Viruses (like COVID-19) Can Affect Qualitative Respirator Fit Testing Results

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The Qualitative Respirator Fit Test is a method that relies on the ability of the test subject to detect a challenge agent such as Saccharin. It has been in use for decades and predates the evolution of Quantitative Fit Testing methods and equipment. Qualitative testing assumes that if any amount of the challenge agent penetrates […]

How N95 Masks Really Work

Cartoon of the genius of n95 filtering facemasks

There is a lot of misinformation about the way N95 respirators work and in fact what the designation actually means. In order to understand the  AAC/CPC method of fit testing, it is really helpful to first understand the filtration mechanisms that occur in the Filtering Facepiece Respirators such as the N95 series. We recently found […]