Are you planning to use a product that requires a respirator this year (some examples include *Engenia™ , Lorsban™ -4e and Advanced, or Dipel™ Pro DF)? Fit testing is mandated by the Worker Protection Standard and the labels. It is also critical for ensuring that your respirator will protect you from exposure.
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8am‐4pm: Train the trainer
Become trained to administer fit testing in the morning, and practice fit testing others in the afternoon under the supervision of respirator experts from 3M. *Lunch will be on your own from 11am‐11:45am.
12pm‐4pm: Get fit tested for free!
Come with your own respirator to be fit tested for free. Alternatively, come and try on respirators to find one that fits you. Respirators will be available for purchase. Additionally, learn to do user seal checks, to clean your respirator properly, and more. This will take ~1 hour; please register ahead of time to schedule a time slot and avoid waiting time. Space is limited and will be available on a first come basis. Advance sign up is requested.
Locations and registration contacts
- WILMAR: Tuesday, April 3 – Mid Central Research and Outreach Center, Willmar. Contact: Natalie Hoidal (firstname.lastname@example.org) Sign up by email.
- FARGO/MOORHEAD: Thursday, April 5 – Harwood ND Community Center. Sign up at umn.edu/respiratorsignup. Contacts: Phillip Glogoza (218‐236‐2008; email@example.com), Andrew Thostenson (701.231.7180; firstname.lastname@example.org)
- CROOKSTON: Friday, April 6 – Crookston Eagles Club. Contact: Angie Peltier (email@example.com) Sign up by email.
Note: A person must be healthy enough to wear a respirator. Passing a medical evaluation is LEGALLY REQUIRED before one can obtain a respirator fit test. While some family physicians provide this service, there is also an option to complete an online medical evaluation. If you choose to have your medical evaluation done online, one option recommended by 3M is www.respexam.com. Evaluations are $29, but there is currently a promotion offering 2 free evaluations when you create a new account with your farm’s business name. Note that while 98% will pass the online exam, some medical conditions like asthma or high blood pressure may require an in-person follow-up appointment.
by Natalie Hoidal (Extension Educator, Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education Co-Coordinator) Questions? Contact Natalie Hoidal: firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-625-9111
Source: Minnesota Crop News – University of Minnesota Extension