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Why Perform a Fit Test?

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 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.

If you provide respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to your employees then it is essential that you have documentary evidence to show the RPE fits the wearer. By subjecting each wearer to a face-fit test you can be sure that your organisation is fulfilling the requirements laid out in the Health & Safety Executives (HSE) guidance note HSE 282/28

 

We provide Qualitative (half face) training/testing for individuals or groups.

RPE should fit you and your employees properly in order to avoid any health risks that come from ill-fitting or incorrectly-sized equipment.

The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) have introduced a Face Fit Testing scheme, “Fit2Fit” to provide competency tests for fitting of RPE.

Face Fit Testing Training near Manchester & Liverpool (North West)

To enquire about training in our Haydock training centre, close to Manchester and Liverpool, call 01942 718 130 or contact us today.

 

Why Face-Fit?

The HSE say:

“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 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.”

Legal Requirements

Legal Requirements for use of RPE can be found in HSE OC 282 28.

Respirator Fit Testing

Face-Fit is referred to by a number of different terms. If you’re looking for training on “respirator fit testing”, “HSE fit testing”, “qualitative testing”, “mask fit testing” and “quantitative fit testing”, you’re in the right place.

For Face Fit Testing  call 01942 718 130 or contact us today.


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