N-95 Respirator used for animal allergy protection

If your research or work activities include working with research animals and the Occupational Health Clinic (OHC) or Student Health Services has determined that you should wear an N-95 respirator for these activities, then you will take the following actions:

  1. Obtain a copy of your medical clearance document from the healthcare provider if you have not chosen to decline respirator use per the annual allergen screening process.
  2. Once you have obtained your medical clearance, send an email to biosafety@vumc.org.
    1. Use “N-95 training request” in the subject line.
    2. In the email, provide your name, job title, supervisor’s name, and tell us whether you are a University or Medical Center person.
    3. Attach a copy of your medical clearance.
    4. PLEASE DO NOT send your animal allergen questionnaire.
  3. You will receive a notification from the Learning Exchange that you have been enrolled in Respiratory Protection for Biological and Animal Research Staff.
    1. Complete the course and send a copy of your certificate of completion to biosafety@vumc.org with “N-95 fit test request” in the subject line.
    2. A VEHS Biosafety Team member will contact you to schedule an appointment.
    3. PLEASE DO NOT report to an open fit testing session/event. These sessions are for clinical personnel who may use an N-95 in clinical settings ONLY.
  4. Upon completion of your fit test, you and your supervisor will be provided with ordering information for the brand, model and size of N-95 that you were successfully fitted in. The proper devices should be ordered and available for all tasks involving research animals.

If you have specific questions regarding N-95 respirators worn for animal allergen or infectious disease research purposes, please contact Erica Teasley or Robin Trundy, VEHS Biosafety Team.

Click here for information about the clinical N-95 Respirator Program.