Respiratory Protection

Respiratory Protection Information

In the course of their work, research or studies, personnel may be assigned to  wear respiratory protection; either an N95 single use respirator (N95) or a powered air purifying respirator (PAPR). The use of respiratory protection  requires annual medical clearance for respiratory use and renewal of training and testing activities for as long as the respiratory protection is used. 

The individual assigned to respiratory protection will receive communication and authorizations via their Texas A&M email address, detailing the process for completing the required medical clearance, training, and fit testing activities. 

Paid faculty, staff and student workers assigned to respiratory protection use will received their services through Texas A&M Environmental Health & Safety. Their current calendar of fit testing dates can be viewed HERE.

Unpaid students, volunteers and select visitors assigned to respiratory protection use will received their services through the occupational medicine provider for the BOHP. 

It is important to remember that respiratory protection cannot be used without medical clearance and both medical clearance and required training and fit testing must be renewed annually. 


Per a 3M Technical Services memorandum to suppliers, as of October 1, 2014, the 3M™ Particulate Respirator 9210 N95 

and the 3M™ Particulate Respirator 9211 N95 have been discontinued and  these products are available for purchase until the distributed inventory is depleted.

The suggested replacements, respectively, are  the 3M™ Aura™ Particulate Respirator 9210+ N95 and the 3M™ Aura™ Particulate Respirator 9211+ N95. 

These respirators cannot be directly substituted for the 3M 9210 N95 and 3M 9211 N95.

They each require a separate fit test. 

Therefore ALL Texas A&M personnel who have a current fit test for a 3M model 9211 N95  or a 3M model 9210 N95 will need to be fit tested for an alternate model on their next annual fit testing.