Face Fit Testing
Make sure the mask you wear gives you the protection you need.
Where 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 face pieces need to fit the wearer’s face to be effective.
Face Fit Testing is designed to protect workers from harmful chemicals and dust, which can account for up to 13,000 deaths each year. These deaths include work-related lung disease and cancer, which Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) has been designed to protect against.
However recent research indicates that up to 50% of all RPE does not offer the wearer the level of protection assumed, meaning that people could be falling ill and dying for something as simple as not carrying out a face fit test.
Duration: Course duration depends on the amount of test's needed. An initial 30 minute Tool Box Talk is given by our Fit Tester to highlight the importance of regular testing
How to prepare for your face fit test
Several things could affect the results of your face fit test, due to the accuracy of the equipment. These include, but are not limited to:
- Facial hair (see below)
- Long hair (will need to be tied back)
Facial hair, stubble and beards make it extremely difficult to get a good seal. If there are good reasons for having a beard (ie, for religious reasons) alternative forms of RPE, that do not rely on a tight fit to the face are available, but are not covered by this test.
It is also recommended that you do not smoke, eat or drink for at least 1 hour prior to the test.
The training is specific to each person and includes;
- How to check the mask is working properly before use
- How to identify worn or broken parts
- How to check the mask still fits
- Limitations of the mask to be used
Where and When?
Our fit testers come to your site on your chosen date.
Who should attend
For those who wear Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE).
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