IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

 Important Notice Concerning COVID-19

(June 12, 10AM) Gradual resumption of the Laboratory Division’s activities. Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, and to ensure the health and safety of its employees and its entire network, the IRSST has implemented exceptional measures.

New Service Offered

Evaluation of the Efficacy of N95-Type Respiratory Protective Devices and Barrier Masks

Because of its expertise, the IRSST was mandated by the Québec government at the outset of the pandemic to perform tests in order to certify the quality of the supply of barrier masks and N95-type respiratory protective devices (RPD) for workers in Québec.

The Institute is now offering a fee-based service to evaluate the efficacy of respiratory protective devices (RPD) and barrier masks. This expertise is available to businesses and organizations that purchase or manufacture these types of masks and wish to evaluate their efficacy.

Available Tests

Test d'APR (exemple)

Evaluation of the filtration efficacy of an N95-type respiratory protective device (RPD)

Evaluation of the filtration efficacy of an RPD compared to an N95-type RPD according to the NIOSH 42 CFR 84 standard.

Test de masque

Evaluation of the filtration efficacy and spray resistance of a barrier mask

Evaluation of the filtration efficacy and spray resistance of a non-medical barrier mask based on criteria from the literature and following the IRSST guidelines determined by our aerosol experts.

How the Tests are Conducted?

Find out how the tests for the evaluation of N95 and barrier masks are carried out thanks to this incursion by the ICI Radio-Canada Télé Découverte team into the IRSST laboratories.

Test de masque barrière

Request for an Evaluation

To participate or to learn more about the terms, conditions and rates for the evaluation service, please send us a request.

A staff member will contact you to assist you in the evaluation process.