CHANGE IN FIT-TEST FREQUENCY BACK TO 1 YEAR

At the onset of COVID-19, WorkSafeBC temporarily extended the fit-test frequency requirement from one year to two years for N95 respirators.

Effective June 25, 2021, the 1-year fit-test frequency requirement goes back into effect.

Please Note: a grace period extending to March 31, 2022 is in effect to allow appropriate time for staff whose last fit-test occurred between 1 and 2 years ago to be fit-tested and move into compliance with the annual fit-test requirement.

What you need to do

  1. Determine your fit test status:
    1. PHC Staff can check their fit-test status using the Fit-Test Self Look-up Report.
  2. Determine which of the following situations apply to you and proceed accordingly:
  1. If you have been fit-tested in the past year, no immediate action is required. Effective immediately, you will be required to ensure you receive your next fit-test within 1 year of your previous fit-test.
  • Date of last fit test: Before June 25, 2019
  • Is fit-test required now? Yes
  • Recommendation for next fit-test: Immediately
  • Date of last fit-test: Before June 25, 2019 - June 25, 2020
  • Is fit-test required now? Yes
  • Recommendation for next fit-test:  As soon as possible (prior to 2 year fit-test expiry) and no later than March 31, 2022
  • Date of last fit-test: June 26, 2020 and onward
  • Is fit-test required now? Annual fit-test applies
  • Recommendation for next fit-test: Before annual fit-test expires

Note: Focus departments (Emergency, ICU, OR, Respiratory Services and Medicine units) should be prioritized and transition as soon as possible.

Users may need to be fit-tested prior to their expiration date if they have experienced any changes which may affect their ability to wear a respirator.

  1. As required, book your fit test by registering via LearningHub or contact your trained unit fit tester to be fit tested on the unit. Please reach out to your manager if you have any questions.

As of March 31, 2022, everyone who requires the use of an N95, or any other respiratory protection, must have received a fit-test in the past year and must maintain an annual fit-test frequency going forward.

This page last updated Jun 29, 2021 6:02pm PDT