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Late last year, TSI released an update to their FitPro+ Fit Test Software (v3.2) to further improve the efficiency of your respirator fit testing operations.
The updated software works with the for PortaCount Plus model 8020, PortaCont Pro model 8030, PortaCount Pro+ model 8038, and is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, 8, and 10 operating systems.
Update your FitPro+ software to get:
- Real-time fit factor technology speeds testing time
- Automated step-by-step guidance eliminates errors
- Easy reporting and record keeping
- Above and beyond regulatory compliance
The Top 10 list of OHSA’s most-frequently cited violations for fiscal year 2015 has been posted and Respiratory Protection is ranked at #4 with more than 3,600 violations this year.
Short answer: It isn’t.
We get this question a lot and it’s understandable how it can be misinterpreted. The quantitative fit testing method requires eight dynamic exercises. Seven are performed and measured for one minute each. One is performed for 15 seconds and is not measured. Want to guess which one?
If you use a negative or positive pressure tight-fitting respirator on the job, OSHA regulations say you need to be fit tested with the same make, model, style, and size of respirator you’ll use in your daily operations.
To stay in full OSHA compliance, these tests are supposed to be run before the first time you use the respirator on the job; whenever you change mask style, size, or model; if your physical condition changes that would affect mask fit (dental changes, facial cosmetic surgery, addition or removal of eyeglasses, or obvious changes in body weight). Then, you should be tested every year after that.
First, there are a few things you should know about respirator fit and the fit testing procedure.
Let’s start with the basics.
I recently had a conversation with an occupational health clinic customer who does thousands of fit tests per year. He was getting a “No Memory Available” warning message on the screen of his Portacount. Since he had about 200 people to fit test in the next few days, he was understandably concerned.
Running that many fit tests on a regular basis is bound to create A LOT of data. The Portacount has no internal memory, so it doesn’t directly store fit tests or any other data for regulatory reports. And if much of this data is stored on a flash drive, it will eventually fill up.
If you do get a message stating that no memory is available, it means that flash drive is full. But it’s fairly easy to avoid with a little effort before you start testing.
Here are two ways: