Respirator Fit Test on Feb 11, 2014 in Wilson Co., NC (Feb 3, 2014)

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Dear Growers, Agents and Others

I will temporarily be sharing time-sensitive public meeting information as well as details about important services available to strawberry growers, like this Respirator Fit Test in Wislon Co on Tue, Feb. 11 (read below).

The NCSA is undergoing some changes at the moment. And, we’re hoping to have our regular communications with growers restored before March 1, 2014.

Have a great week!

Barclay Poling


To: Farmers and other interested persons
From: Norman Harrell, Extension Agent

Respirator Fit Test

Respirator fit tests are required annually for applicators of soil fumigants and medical clearance must be repeated based on frequency set by health professional granting clearance (most are annual). There will be a fitted respirator held at the Wilson Ag Center on February 11, 2014.

1. You must call the Wilson County Extension Service at 252-237-0111 to register and receive an appointment time. Please leave your name, a cell phone number and the names of any handlers that will be fitted.

2. Bring your respirator and cartridges.

3. Medical clearance PRIOR to respirator fit testing. There are 50/50 cost share funds available for medical clearance, so bring your medical clearance and your receipt.  Options include:

Receive a note from your personal physician that states, “ (Your name) is medically cleared to wear a full face respirator. This medical clearance is good for ___ years.”


Complete online assessment at or

4. Fit testing is $35. The EI Group will be conducting the certification. Payment accepted at time of fit test.  Also, remember that ALL facial hair that is near the edges of the respirator MUST be shaved. A mustache or go tee that is shaved back under the chin is OK. A full beard cannot be fit tested.

Norman Harrell
Extension Agent
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Wilson County Center
1806 S. Goldsboro St, Wilson, NC 27893
Phone: 252.237.0111
Fax:     252.237.0114

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Photo of Dr. Barclay PolingDr. Barclay PolingFormer Professor and Extension Specialist, Strawberries and Muscadines (919) 515-5373 (Office) barclay_poling@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science - NC State University
Posted on Feb 3, 2014
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