N95 Respirators: Fit-testing, Resources, and Suppliers

If your organization uses N95 respirators, staff will need to be fit-tested to use them safely. This means making sure the respirators have been tested to ensure a full seal before they are used so that the staff using them are properly protected. Staff should be fit-tested annually on the make, model, and size of respirator that they will be provided with at work. They should also be trained on your respiratory protection program including any limitations posed by the respirator.

We know that increasing numbers of our members are looking to fit-test their staff. You may wish to consider doing so based on their determination of a point of care risk assessment, or as part of future resilience planning to ensure the organization is prepared for outbreaks of airborne disease, or other hazards. Below are some resources which may help with providing fit-testing. This includes virtual ‘train the tester’ options and fit-test kits to build in-house capacity, as well as third-party organizations who can provide this service. These suppliers have not been vetted and we recommend conducting your own due diligence on the type of testing and experience these suppliers can provide.

We have also included a list of suppliers of N95 (or equivalent) respirators at the bottom of the page along with some guidance on what to look for when purchasing respirators for use in your workplace.

In some circumstances, SafeCare BC may be able to advise members on which option is most suitable. We may also be able to connect members with local or peer fit-testing support if all other avenues have been exhausted. For additional member support on this, please contact info@safecarebc.ca .

This page will be updated to reflect any new or emerging resources, including details of upcoming fit-tester training delivered by SafeCare BC.


Fit Testing Services

Link2Life (Lower Mainland)

Register online for fit testing session dates. 

If you would like to schedule your own session please contact Debra at office@link2life.ca

 

Levitt Safety (Lower Mainland)

Note:  Quantitative Fit testing services only.

Contact Sabrina (888-453-8488) for pricing and information.

 

Mountainview Safety Services (Dawson Creek)

Contact:  Peter Sidoruk

Phone: 250-782-5559

Email: psidoruk@mountainviewsafety.com

 

Orca Health & Safety (Nanaimo)

Contact: Karen Rinfret

Phone: 250-667-2500

Email: fittest@orcasafety.ca

 

Vancouver First Aid (Lower Mainland)

Register online for courses scheduled throughout the Lower Mainland.


Train the Tester Services

3M Virtual Qualitative Fit Test Workshop Webinar

Register online

 

Orca Health & Safety (Nanaimo)

Contact: Karen Rinfret

Phone: 250-667-2500

Email: fittest@orcasafety.ca

 

Universal Health + Safety (Burnaby)

Classroom course registration can be done online (Langley, Victoria, Burnaby)

Call to book group classes.

Phone: 604-444-3732 ext. 222

Email: info@usafety.ca

 


Fit Test Kit Suppliers

3M (fit test kits and solution)

Select your geographic area to locate a local supplier.

 

ULINE.ca (Fit test kits and solution)

Phone: 1-800-295-5510

 

HTT Safety n’ More (Port Coquitlam)

Phone: 604-484-4900

Email: sales@httsafety.com

 

Bowers Medical Supply

Phone: 604-946-7712

Toll Free: 1-800-663-0047

N95 (or equivalent) Respirators

WorkSafeBC accepts NIOSH and CSA certification requirements for respirators as a standard acceptable to WorkSafeBC under section 8.33(2) of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. You can check to see if your respirator has been certified by NIOSH by entering the approval number, which can be found on the respirator, in the NIOSH database.   Respirators that have received certification approval from CSA are listed in the CSA Group Product Listing webpage. NIOSH and CSA approved respirators are deemed acceptable to WorkSafeBC, however, there are situations where WorkSafeBC accepts respirators from other jurisdictions.  See WorkSafeBC Guidelines section 8.33(2) for further details.

There can be some risks associated with procuring acceptable masks, respirators and equivalents during a supply shortage. For example:   

  • KN95 type respirators and other respirators with ear loop designs (as opposed to around-the-head elastic) can make it more difficult to get an effective seal.
  • Valves are featured on some N95 respirators.  These masks protect the wearer but not the resident, client or patient.  For this reason they are more commonly used in construction or other dusty environments and not healthcare. 

Access Pacific Enterprises Inc.

Access Pacific Enterprises Ltd (MiraGuard)

Location: Richmond, BC

Type of Business: Import/Supplier/Distributor

  • Medical Masks, 3M N95 (1860/9105)
  • Gloves
  • Face Shields
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Other (Disinfectant Wipes, thermometers, cleaning solution)

Certification/Status:

  • MDEL #14539
  • Test Reports Available EN14683:2019 ASTM F2100-19
  • FDA and/or CE approved Certification

Business Information:                

  • Access Pacific Enterprises works with senior care homes, transit companies, Canadian airline, government organizations, non-profit organizations, childcare centers, restaurants, hotels, clinics in providing essential PPE and cleaning supplies.
  • Donated 20,160 bottles of 236ml hand sanitizers to Safe Care BC to distribute to more than 85 care homes across BC.

Order information                        

Contact:

  • Jessica Nguyen (Account Executive – Corporate Sales)
  • jessica@accesspacific.ca
  • 604-729-6234

Eternity Medical Equipment

Eternity Medical Equipment      

Location: Surrey, BC

Type of Business: Manufacturer

Certification/Status: MDEL number 13385

Business Information:

  • Eternity Medical Equipment is a Canadian medical start-up company based out of Surrey, BC. It opened the city’s first medical mask facility in October 2020 in response to the government’s call to produce more PPE on Canadian Soil. The state-of-the-art 13,000 square foot space currently specializes in creating 95PFE medical respirators – Canada’s equivalent to the US-based N95.

 

Order information:                           

Phone                                   

  • 1-800-480-7155
  • 604-385-6098

Vitacore

Vitacore

Location: Burnaby BC

Type of Business: Manufacturer

Certification/Status: MDEL Number 14554

Business Information: Surgical masks manufactured locally in Burnaby BC. See webpage for more information.

Additional Information:

For bulk orders, please contact:

  • Kyndle Rice
  • (604) 671-8681
  •  k.rice@vitacore.ca

Levitt Safety

Levitt Safety

Location: Canada

Certification/Status: MDEL 1841

Business Information:

  • Levitt-Safety is a equipment and service supplier that offers a complete range of products, services, training and rental options.

Additional Information:

  • The 3M Aura Disposable N95 Respirator, 1870+ is available for pre-order, deliveries expected to begin in May 2021.  Delivery priority given to customers who have joined the on-going delivery program and then one-time orders.
  • Order online.  For larger orders, please contact Liz Webster

Contact

  • Liz Webster
  • liz.webster@levitt-safety.com
  • 778-882-2019                   

HTT Safety ‘n’ More Inc

HTT Safety ‘n’ More Inc

Location: Port Coquitlam BC

Type of Business: Supplier

  • N95 Respirators

Business Information:

  • For over a quarter of a century HTT’s people have provided Personal Protective Equipment ‘n’ More to businesses across British Columbia.  100% BC owned.

Additional Information:          

  • Available respirators listed on the website

Order information                       

  • sales@httsafety.com
  • 604-484-4900

Med PPE Canada

Med PPE Canada

Location: Edmonton, Alberta

Type of Business: Importer/Supplier

Certification/Status: MDEL 13941

Med PPE Canada is an Alberta based business that delivers personal protective equipment straight to your door, anywhere in Canada. They offer a range of PPE, including KN95 masks, 3-ply surgical masks, reusable masks, face shields, nitrile and vinyl gloves, disposable gowns, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, dispensers, and more.

Order information

  • All products are available to purchase on Med PPE’s website

MSS Ltd

MSS Ltd                              

Location: Hay River, NT

Type of Business: Aboriginal Social Enterprise that is a distributor, supplier and importer of Canadian manufactured goods and Global Whitelisted products.

  • Surgical Face Masks
  • N95 Respirators
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disinfectant Wipes / hard surface disinfectant
  • Gloves

Certification/Status: MDEL number 2442

Business Information:

  • MSS is an Aboriginal Social Enterprise with clear social determinants that offers a diverse platform of products and engages with First Nation Bands, Governments, Businesses, Academic institutions, and organizations across Canada.
  • Founded in 1992 in Hay River, NT the company’s values of, Respect, Honesty, Trust, Transparency and Performance help us deliver quality products while making meaningful differences, creating better jobs, and prosperity for the communities we partner with.  

                 

Additional information:

                                                                 

Order information

Med Supply Inc

Med Supply Inc

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Type of Business: Supplier

  • Disposable Isolation Gowns (Levels 1 -4)
  • Medical 3 Ply Masks Level 1, 2 & 3
  • N95 masks

 

Business Information:  

  • Med supply works with assisted living, nursing homes, dental practices and hospitals across Canada and USA in providing essential PPE and disinfecting supplies
  • Certification/Status: FDA approved

Order information:

  • Orders may be placed either through phone or their website

Contact:

  • Raz Tram
  • info@med-supply.net
  • 289.339.4440

Micron Technologies

Micron Technologies Inc (formerly COVID Technologies Inc)

Location: Delta, BC

Type of Business: Manufacturing

  • Surgical Face Masks. ASTM F2100 Medical Grade Level 3 (in blue or black)

Certification/Status: MDEL 13174

Order information:

  • Online ordering via the website starting October 2020.
  • Additional information: No order minimums
  • Same day delivery for orders under 5,000
  • Two day delivery for 5000 to 20,000 masks
  • 2-5 day delivery for 20,000 to 100,000 masks

Contact:    

 

Promos Canada

https://www.promoscanada.com/

Location: Ontario

Type of Business: Advertising Specialities

  • Face masks
  • Face shields
  • Gowns
  • Gloves
  • Personal sized hand sanitizer
  • Infrared Thermometers

Business Information:

  • Est 1997

Additional Information: 

  • Minimum orders in effect for some items. See webpage for details.

Order information: 

Contact:

  • Alex Subotica
  • Phone 905.983.1128
  • Toll-free 1.877.552.6068

Pure Orange

https://www.pureorange.com/

Location: Vancouver

Type of Business: Importer

Importer of:  

  • Face Shields
  • N95 Masks NIOSH Certified TC-84A-4329)FDA, CE and CDC approved (Listed on CDC website)
  • Medical Masks Standard YY/T096902013/CE

MDEL Status: Canadian application in progress  

Business Information: Vancouver based. BC Business License. In operation for 16 years.

Other Information:    

  • Products may have a minimum purchase requirement.
  • Payments to be made in advance to secure orders for new customers.
  • Open to new product requests.

Contact:

  • John van Rij – 604.837.9786
  • Erin Chamberlain – 604.729.3705