Respirator Fit Testing – Where do you go to get a fit-test?

February 3, 2021 4:39 PM
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If you use a pesticide that requires the use of a respirator, the Worker Protection Standard requires that before you use the respirator you must first receive: 

  • A medical evaluation by a physician or other licensed health care professional to determine if you are physically fit to wear a respirator
  • Fit-testing with a taste/smell/irritating indicator or with quantitative measurements to determine if the respirator forms a complete seal with your face
  • Training about the use, care, and maintenance of the respirator.

Where do applicators go to get the fit-testing done? Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) keeps an updated list of locations around the state that provide medical evaluations and respirator fit-testing, which can be found here.

To check if a pesticide requires the use of a respirator, look under the precautionary statement section of the label under the personal protective equipment requirements. Three handy resources for looking up pesticide labels are www.cdms.net, https://www.greenbook.net/, and https://agrian.com/labelcenter/results.cfm.

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Authors: 

Rebecca Vittetoe Field Agronomist in EC Iowa

Rebecca Vittetoe is an extension field agronomist in east central Iowa. Educational programs are available for farmers, agribusiness, pesticide applicators, and certified crop advisors.

Areas of expertise include agronomy, field crop production and management of corn, soybeans, and...

Meaghan Anderson Field Agronomist in Central Iowa

Meaghan Anderson is a field agronomist in central Iowa and an extension field specialist at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Educational programming is available for farmers, agribusinesses, pesticide applicators, certified crop advisors, and other individuals interested in...

Elizabeth Danielson Extension Program Specialist III

Betsy Danielson is an extension program specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She is part of the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP), conducts pesticide applicator training focusing on seed treatment and fumigation, and develops resource materials for e...