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It's crucial to have a face fit test performed on your Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) to ensure optimal protection against hazardous materials.
Leaks can occur due to poor fit, so it's necessary for tight-fitting facepieces to be perfectly snug. Since people come in different shapes and sizes, there's no one-size-fits-all RPE facepiece. To conduct a proper RPE fit test, a competent individual should perform it. Our trainers are appropriately trained, qualified, and experienced
Ensure your respiratory protective equipment (RPE) can provide ample protection. Leaks in RPE can put you at risk, so choosing the right gear through fit testing is crucial.
Anybody who wears a tight fitting face piece as part of their role.
Tight-fitting respirators rely on having a good seal with the wearer’s face. It is vital that before using a respirator for the first time, or before using a different brand of respirator, wearers pass a fit test for the model and size of the respirator they are going to use. This is to make sure the equipment fits their particular facial characteristics.
To be face fit tested, candidates must arrive clean shaven and bring their own mask with them.
Additionally, they should bring any other PPE that may impact the fit of the RPE, such as goggles or ear protection. If a candidate is not clean shaven, they should contact the training team for further guidance. This must be prior to the test.
During the face fit testing process, the following steps will be taken:
The Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 regulations (COSHH) stipulate that, where Respiratory Protective equipment (other than disposable respiratory equipment) is provided to meet the requirements of regulation 7, the prevention of hazardous substances to employees, the employer shall ensure that thorough examination, and where appropriate, testing of that equipment is carried out at suitable intervals.
By face fit testing any individual who wears tight fitting RPE for their role, you are not only meeting your legal requirements as an employer, but also ensuring the safety of your staff.
The test is valid for two years.
However, it's important to note that the fit of a particular make, model, and size of mask for an individual is determined by a Face Fit test, and there may be exceptions to this rule.
The intervals between each inspection should follow the manufacturer's instructions and your own risk assessment, and should be increased where the equipment is frequently used or where the health risks and exposure conditions are severe.
Additionally, if the individual experiences significant facial shape changes, such as significant weight loss/gain or a broken nose, a retest should be considered to ensure that the mask provides adequate protection.
We also offer Face Fit Train the Tester training, which trains your candidates to be able to deliver Face Fit testing themselves.
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