Ask the Experts: Talking Fit Testing sponsored by TSI

Date: May 28, 2020
12:00 PM EDT | 9:00 AM PDT | 4:00 PM GMT

Duration: 1 Hour.

CEU: A certificate of attendance will be offered.

Presented by:
Greg Olson, M.S., Sr. Product Specialist for Industrial Hygiene and Respiratory Protection, TSI, Incorporated


First responders at the federal, state and local levels are on the front lines providing service, protection, and support to their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. To assist first responders in conducting activities as safely and efficiently as possible, Greg Olson, Sr. Global Product Specialist for Industrial Hygiene and Respiratory Protection at TSI and Bobby Halton, Editor in Chief at Fire Engineering, will discuss respiratory protection and respirator fit testing.

This webcast will:

  • Address why respirator fit testing is more important than ever for the safety and health of first responders.
  • Explain what OSHA’s recommendations are for fit testing during the COVID-19 pandemic and why it is essential to fit test, especially with the N95 respirator shortage.
  • The discussion will also touch on the benefits of quantitative vs. qualitative fit testing for filtering facepieces like N95s.
  • Finally, it will outline recently shortened OSHA-accepted fit test protocols and how you can improve fit testing in your respiratory protection program during this outbreak and in the future.
Greg Olson

Presented by:

Greg Olson, M.S.
Sr. Product Specialist for Industrial Hygiene and Respiratory Protection, TSI, Incorporated


Sponsored By
TSI, Incorporated

At TSI, our global team strives to provide not only instruments but also innovative solutions. We operate at both a global scale and a human scale–instruments that measure everything from atmospheric aerosols to the fit of a personal respirator. Turning data into actionable information enables our customers to do their jobs more efficiently. TSI understands the science, the data, and the processes that support your work. Headquartered in Minnesota, TSI has a global network with sales, service, and support locations in the UK, Singapore, China, India, and Germany. Wherever you are, we are there to support you. Since 1961, we’ve set the standards for precision instrumentation and software solutions. Every day our dedicated employees turn research into reality.

The reality for our customers is that they are exposed to respiratory hazards every day. To ensure safety and health, fire departments have respiratory protection programs in place that include fit testing for face masks. TSI’s PortaCount Respirator Fit Testers® deliver safety by utilizing the most effective quantitative fit testing method available to identify poor-fitting masks. PortaCount instruments simplify fit testing with one consistent and objective testing experience across any respirator type.

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