Face Fit Testing & Training
If it doesn’t fit it could be fatal.
With more than 20 years experience and amongst the first people to be accredited, We Fit RPE are often considered industry experts and leaders in their field.
What Is Face Fit Testing?
Required by law, it is a method for checking that a tight-fitting face piece matches the person’s facial features and seals adequately to the wearer’s face. It will also help to identify unsuitable face pieces which should not be used. There are two types of Face Fit Testing, qualitative and quantitative, depending on your requirements.
Why Do We Need It?
To ensure that the protective mask you wear is suitable for your face profile in order to maximise protection against harmful airborne substances. Recent research has shown that around 50% of RPE used does not offer the wearer the level of protection assumed. The major reason for this is that is simply does not fit.
Who Should Be Tested?
All wearers of tight fitting face pieces require a fit test.
- Disposable half masks
- Re-usable filter or cartridge half masks
- Full face filter or cartridge masks
- Escape set masks SCBA masks
Why wear high performance respiratory protective equipment then compromise the protection given if the mask does not fit the wearer correctly?
What Are The Legal Requirements?
Under the regulations for COSHH, Control of Asbestos, Control of Lead at Work and the HSG53, all Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) at work requires you to ensure that the selected RPE is adequate and suitable for the wearer, task and environment. To conform and provide evidence, a fit test is required.
Face Fit Testing
Where respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is used, it must be able to provide adequate protection for individual wearers. RPE can’t protect the wearer if it leaks. A major cause of leaks is poor fit – tight-fitting facepieces need to fit the wearer’s face to be effective.
As people come in all sorts of shapes and sizes it is unlikely that one particular type or size of RPE facepiece will fit everyone. Fit testing will ensure that the equipment selected is suitable for the wearer.
Provides training for delegates responsible for the management of RPE within their organisation and enables in house face fit testing services to be carried out.
If you provide respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to your employees, or are responsible for Health and Safety within your organisation, then it is essential that fit testing is carried out correctly and documentary evidence is recorded to demonstrate the RPE is suitable for the wearer and has passed a fit test.