Respiratory Protection

Update on 8/12:

  • If you were fitted in the last year in 2019, you do not need to be fitted again if you are using the same respirator. If you are using a different respirator, or if you were fitted before 2019, you still need to come in. OSHA has waived mandatory annual fit testing for N95 respirators to conserve supply.

  • We have no walk-in hours available, if you show up without an appointment you will be sent home.
  • The masks that we now have are the 1860 series and the 8210 series.

If you leave a message and do not hear back within two business days, please call again. Most likely, it did not register your message and instead left an empty voicemail. Please do not show up without confirmation of your scheduled time. 

The Department of Safety and Risk Services provides training on a variety of safety-related topics. We will also develop classroom safety training programs that will meet the individual needs of your department or your work environment in an effort to reduce accidents and meet regulatory requirements.

 The masks that we have currently are the 1860 series and the 8210 series. We do not have other masks. 

Requirements:

  1. A Medical Clearance Form is required to be IN HAND before the training begins; electronic copies are not accepted. 
  2. Do not eat, drink, or chew gum 30 minutes prior to testing.
  3. Males must be clean-shaven.
  4. Anyone with long hair must bring a hair tie and be able to pull their hair back before the test begins; this is a requirement, anyone who does not do this will have to either get a hair tie or make a new appointment.
  5. Everyone must be one time; preferably, at least 5 minutes before your test is scheduled to start. Anyone who shows up late will be asked to make a new appointment, no questions asked.

Register for Fit Testing

Currently, we have the following times available:

  • Mondays 1:00 PM, 1:45 PM, and 2:30 PM
  • Tuesdays 9:00 AM, 9:45 AM, and 10:30 AM
  • Thursdays 9:00 AM, 9:45 AM, and 10:30 AM

Our registration is through Learning Central; please use the following steps to register:

1) Go to https://learningcentral.unm.edu 

2) Sign in using one of the two links

  • For UNM, please click on the link that says UNM NET ID LOGIN
  • For HSC, please click on the link that says HSC NET ID LOGIN

3) This will take you to the UNM Authentication page, sign in with your NetID and Password

4) A page will come up that says either accept or deny; this means that it is using your NetID to pull up the classes you need to register for. Click Accept.

5) On the Learning page, the upper left will have a "search for training" box. Type in SRS 8001.

6) Click on the training (SRS 8001 - Respirator Fit Test & Training, first one that comes up) and click "Assign to Me". This will now let you take the class and enroll in an open time slot. 

If you cannot log into Learning Central (if you are getting an error message where it says that the login is not valid) please call 505-277-2753 and say you are getting the error message and need to be manually scheduled. 

If you do not have a Learning Central account AT ALL, please call 505-277-2753 and state that you are trying to make an N95 appointment; from there, you will be given open dates and times that are available and will be manually registered into the system. 

Resources:

Pre-requisites and Requirements:

  • Medically cleared once per year or after a significant change in medical condition. The fit test must be renewed at least once per year or when work duties or type of respirator used changes. Additionally, re-testing is required if facial hair is either grown or shaved after being fit test. For example, if an individual is clean-shaven, fit test certified for an N-95 respirator, and then subsequently grows a beard, this individual would no longer be permitted to use an N-95 respirator and would need to re-certify to use a PAPR. This also applies if an individual is fit test certified for a PAPR due to facial hair and then shaves their facial hair. They would be permitted to continue using a PAPR but would need to re-certify if they wished to use an N-95 respirator.   
  • If you need a half-face respirator, we recommend bringing your own with filters. We can train you but we do not sell our half-face respirators or filters. Also, we recommend bringing a water bottle to the test.
  • OSHA requires respirators users to be clean-shaven except for loose Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) users. 
    • Whiskers are coarse and will break the respirator seal on the face, and a poor seal allows air contaminants or pathogens to bypass the respirator and be inhaled. Facial growth of more than 24 hours will prevent successful respirator testing and use.
    • Those with permanent beards will be trained to use a PAPR.

Office of Clinical Affairs:

You can return your re-credentialing packet with the date that you intend to attend training and fit test. After the training and fit test you can then submit paperwork to the Office of Clinical Affairs.


Staff

Casey Hall

Interim Director and Manager, Environmental Health

Kris Monaghan

Environmental Health and Safety Tech II

All individuals who wish to be fit must bring a medical clearance form.

Location: SRS Training Room

UNM Safety & Risk Services
1801 Tucker St. NE, Bldg 233 Map
Phone: (505) 277-2753

To learn more, contact SRS at 277-2753.