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Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health

in collaboration with
M.C. Townsend Associates, LLC


October 29, 2013*

* Follows a NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Refresher Course on October 28th. Save $20 on NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Refresher + Respirator Fit-Testing Workshop - $705 if you register for both.


Testing the fit of employees' respirators may be the most safety-sensitive and critical task performed by occupational health professionals. Besides performing the "mechanics" of fit-testing correctly, fit-testers must also understand the logic and theory behind the testing. Because fit-testing can appear to be repetitive and mundane, it is easy to forget the consequences for the worker if it is performed incorrectly.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires annual fit-testing for most respirators used in the occupational and health care settings. But aside from manufacturer training on how to use specific fit-testing equipment, few training courses are available for health professionals who perform fit-testing.

In response to requests for comprehensive and practical training presented within a single day, this course presents theory and hands-on practice with widely used quantitative (QNFT) and qualitative (QLFT) fit-testing methods in a one-day practical workshop. To reduce participants' travel time and costs, the fit-testing workshop is offered back-to-back with a related course, the NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Refresher Course, at a reduced price for those who register for both courses together.

Based on client requests, this fit-testing course reviews the requirements of the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard, clarifies when fit-testing is needed and when QNFT vs. QLFT is appropriate, provides steps to follow for fit-testing preparation, demonstrates and provides hands-on participant practice with both qualitative (QLFT) quantitative (QNFT) fit-testing, and discusses special considerations for Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) and Recordkeeping. AIHA/ANSI recommendations from the Z88.10-2010 "Respirator Fit Testing Methods" and Z88.6-2006 "Respirator Use - Physical Qualifications for Personnel" are discussed and copies of these essential documents are provided to course participants at no additional cost.


Class size is limited to maximize student-faculty interaction and to keep the atmosphere informal and conducive to learning. Topics are varied to keep students interested and involved. Breaks are frequent to help students concentrate and remain focused.

All lectures are given by Craig Colton, CIH. A certificate is awarded upon completion of the course.

Mary C. Townsend, Dr.P.H.
Principal/ Consultant
M.C. Townsend Associates, LLC
Pittsburgh, PA

Craig Colton, CIH, is a nationally recognized expert in respiratory protection who works closely with NIOSH and OSHA on respirator development and use issues. He has worked in the respiratory protection field for over 30 years, first as an Industrial Hygienist and Training Institute Instructor for OSHA, and most recently for 3M, as a Division Scientist and Senior Technical Service Specialist in Regulatory Affairs & Training in 3M's Occupational Health & Environmental Safety Division. He has an exceptional grasp of the practical details and pitfalls involved in fit-testing and using respirators, and helps users trouble-shoot their problems on a daily basis. TUITION:

He is active with AIHA, having edited the third edition of AIHA's Respiratory Protection Manual and Guideline, and is a member of the ANSI Z88 Accredited Standards Committee on Respiratory Protection, as well as the Z88.10 ANSI/AIHA Respirator Fit Testing Methods, BSR AIHA Z88.12 Respiratory Protection for Infectious Aerosols, and AIHA Z88.14 Respirator Use for Emergency Response and Operations against Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction subcommittees.  

$395.00 (for Respirator Fit Test Workshop only). Save $20 on NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Refresher + Respirator Fit-Testing Workshop - $705 for Both.



Please click here to download a registration form and email, fax or mail it to:

Mary C. Townsend, DrPH
MC Townsend Associates, LLC
289 Park Entrance Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15228-1824
Phone: 412-343-9946
Fax: 412-343-9947


*DuBois Regional Medical Center�is accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Societyto sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.�DuBoisRegional Medical Center designates this a continuing medical educationactivity and it awards 7.50 AMA Physicians Recognition Award Category1 Credits and the Pennsylvania Medical SocietyMember CMECertification. Each physician should claim only those hours ofcredit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. Faculty participants in continuing medical education activities sponsored by DuBois Regional Medical Center�are expected to disclose to the audiencewhether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflicts ofinterest or other relationships related to the content of theirpresentations.

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HOTELS: A list of hotels convenient to the school�can be found on our web site at: Some hotels may offer a special Hopkins rate available to course participants. Also some offer a free shuttle to�and from�the hospital, which is right across teh street from the school of nursing.

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