N-95 Respirator Fit Testing & Reporting

Fit testing is prioritized to ensure medical staff who perform aerosol generating procedures (AGMPs) on Covid suspect/positive patients or who provide care to patients with conditions that require airborne isolation precautions (Active pulmonary Tuberculosis (TB), Measles, Chicken Pox, Disseminated Zoster) are fit tested.

Caring for COVID positive patients does not require an N95 mask.  Please refer to the current PPE guidelines for further information. PPE Required During COVID-19 Pandemic.  Fit testing is currently an annual requirement but could be done sooner in the event that a medical staff member has a significant change to the shape of their face.

Male staff need to be clean-shaven to be fit tested and remain clean-shaven to be able to wear an N95.   If it’s been longer than 24-48 hours since you last shaved you likely have enough stubble to interfere with the seal of the N95.

Getting a fit test

Medical staff identified as members of the prioritized groups are being contacted either directly or through their division head/medical leads to arrange fit testing within their primary geography.

Fit Testing and Issuing of Respiratory Protection

 How to Prepare for a Fit-Test

Preparation Guidelines


Additional fit testing starts this week
New: March 21, 2022


N95 Mask Fit Testing is once again an Annual requirement
New: October 20, 2021

IH N95 Mask Fit Testing Time Slots 
New: September 1, 2021
CDC Aerosol Transmission in Health-Care Settings
New: March 22, 2021
CDC Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures (AGMP)
New: September 2

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & N95 respirator update | June 11

PPE mask update
(Last updated: May 7, 2020)


Reporting your fit test/re-fit test

If you are a medical staff member and have been fit tested

Please click here to report your N-95 respirator fit test or Elastomeric fit test.  

More PPE information

Clickhere PPE Utilization guidance

Using and Reusing PPE 

Donning & Doffing Personal Protective Equipment 

Clickhere Procurement of PPE

Please contact MedStaffEngagement@islandhealth.ca if you have any issues reporting or have other questions.