Fit Testing Instructions

You must be medically cleared before you can be fit tested.

If you wear an N-95 respirator, you will be fit tested at HealthPartners Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Visit our clinical services page for instructions on scheduling your appointment.

For all other respirators, contact uohs@umn.edu to request a fit test appointment on campus. 

On-campus process for fit testing:

  1. Fit tests will be done by University Health and Safety.
  2. Bring a copy of your Respiratory Medical Recommendation form to your fit test.
  3. If you already have a respirator, bring it with you. Otherwise, the appropriate respirator will be provided for you.
  4. The fit test takes about 15-minutes. The test is a series of 7-8 simple one-minute exercises designed to test the overall fit of the respirator. You will also receive basic information on using the respirator.
  5. No chewing gum, drinking coffee, or smoking 15-minutes before the test.
  6. Men are required to be clean-shaven in the areas where the respirator seal touches the face. If you are not clean-shaven, you will not be fit tested.
  7. It gets hot under the fit test hood. Wear scrubs or a short-sleeved shirt.