Please note that if you are a BC Health Employee and you have a mask fit test certificate that is expiring shortly, your certificate is now considered valid for 2 years from the date of issue. Note that you will still need to provide proof of your fit test if requested and only wear the respirator size as indicated on your certificate. Further details can be found here.
This 20-minute Qualitative Respiratory Mask Fit testing ensures a tight, effective and customized fit for your face, to protect you from airborne contaminants. Mask fit testing is mandatory for many school and workplace admissions, including Health Science and Nursing programs in the Lower Mainland, and is a WorkSafe BC requirement for any worker who might need to wear respiratory protection at work.
Programs who accept Link2Life Qualitative Mask Fit Testing include but are not limited to: BCIT, Douglas College, Kwantlen, Langara, UBC and VCC. For health care programs usually N95 mask fit testing is required but we can test other masks as well.
*If none of the posted times work for you, please contact us to suggest a time!
Masks we test:
- Half face silicon masks with filters
- N95 surgical mask
If you need N95 mask fit testing we will provide you with a respirator (3M N95 1860, 3M N95 1860S, 3M N95 1870+) or if you need another style or type of mask tested please indicate this upon registration and plan to bring your own respirator.
Link2Life mask fit testing is conducted in compliance with occupational health and safety codes, and in accordance with CSA standards, and includes:
- Respirator selection
- Respirator limitations
- Sensitivity test and fit test
- Donning/doffing and user seal checks
- Storage and maintenance instructions
- Cartridge dating, change frequency and limitations.
Upon successful completion, you receive a certificate of completion valid for one year.
Annual retesting is mandatory for most organizations, to ensure the seal remains effective.
Before coming in for a mask fit test, please ensure you:
- Do not eat or drink (except for water) at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment. This includes chewing gum
- Do not smoke within 15 minutes of your appointment
- Remove any facial hair that comes between the seal of the mask and your skin, as per CSA Standard Z94. 4-11. Please shave before your test!
- Contact us with any criteria or restrictions your school may have regarding mask selection.