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Respirator Fit Test and Training

UMaine Extension, The Maine Board of Pesticide Control, and the Maine Labor Group on Health will be hosting a clinic to provide the respirator training and fit test. Join us Monday, June 18th, at Cooper’s Farm in Monmouth to get your respirator fit test done. Pre-registration is required and lunch is provided from 11am-12pm during a training session.

Under the revised Worker Protection Standards, anyone applying pesticides that require the use of a respirator, must complete (and maintain a record of) a respirator fit test. Respirator fit tests must be completed with the same make, model, size, and style of respirator that will be used in the field. Prior to respirator fit testing, each applicator must pass (and maintain a record of) a medical evaluation demonstrating they are physically fit enough to wear a respirator.

Prior to your appointment:

At your fit test appointment:

  • Bring your medical evaluation clearance form. You will not be fit-tested without it.
  • Bring the respirator that you use in the field. Each person should have his or her own respirator.
  • If the respirator you bring does not pass the fit test, you may have to purchase a new respirator with a better fit.
  • Beards cannot be worn with tight fitting facemasks. Please shave before coming to your fit test.

With questions about respirator fit testing or other Worker Protection Standard regulations, contact Amanda Couture ( Amanda.Couture@maine.gov or (207)-287- 2731) at the Maine Board of Pesticides Control.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Lynne Hazelton at 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.


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