Voluntary-use N95 respirator training and fit testing classes on Sept. 23, 26

COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force‚Äč

What you need to know:

  • Wearing an upgraded mask is still highly recommended while indoors with others
  • Free upgraded masks are still available for students, faculty and staff
  • Register for voluntary-use N95 respirator training and optional fit testing classes on Sept. 23 and 26

Dear Bruin Community:

While as a society and a campus community we have made great strides in our response to the pandemic, COVID-19 remains a part of our lives. We write today to share recommendations on how you can continue to keep yourself and those around you safer in the months ahead.

Wearing a highly protective mask (i.e. surgical, N95, KN95 or KF94) while indoors with others is still strongly recommended at UCLA, and supplies remain available free of charge for students, faculty and staff at the UCLA PPE Store, the John Wooden Center, residence hall front desks, the Student Activities Center and in Ackerman Union at the A-level information window (next to the post office). Outdoor masking remains optional though strongly recommended when in large crowds and at events.

For those who would like to learn how to properly wear an N95 respirator, we are offering complimentary voluntary-use N95 training sessions, including optional respirator fit testing, on Friday, Sept. 23 from 8 – 11:30 a.m. and Monday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bradley Hall, Room 300C. Students, faculty and staff can sign up to participate in 30-minute group sessions that will provide guidance on how to wear, maintain, store and reuse voluntary-use N95 respirators. Please note these trainings are specific to N95 respirators and do not apply to KN95, KF94 or other upgraded masks.

Additionally, the optional fit test provides a more extensive training, similar to what is covered in the Cal OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard 5144 Appendix D, but without certification cards and forms. The session will include checking the proper size and fit of an N95 respirator, and a hooded, qualitative leak test that includes the use of aerosol solution or fumes. For more information, please refer to the informational PDF flyer.

Thank you for your continued efforts to support the health and safety of our Bruin community, and have a wonderful year ahead.


Michael J. Beck
Administrative Vice Chancellor
Co-chair, COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force

Megan McEvoy
Professor, Institute for Society and Genetics,
     Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
Co-chair, COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force

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