Face Fit Training
Did you know that face fit testing is a legal requirement?
Where RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment) 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 which 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. Face fit testing will ensure that the equipment selected is suitable for the wearer.
The best time to do Face fit testing is at the initial selection stage, when individual users can be given a choice of adequate models of RPE. You should ensure that the make, model, type and size of facepiece that they wore when they had their successful fit test is made available for their use. If an employee wears more than one type of tight-fitting facepiece, then each type of facepiece should be fit tested.
Here at Comply at Work, we offer both quantitative and qualitative face fit testing services by a BSIF fit2fit accredited technician and using the sophisticated Portacount machine incurs no extra cost.
Quantitative Face Fit Testing
As stated in HSE OC 282/28 - Quantitative face fit testing provides a numerical measure of the fit that is called a fit factor. These tests give an objective measure of face fit. They require specialised equipment and are more complicated to carry out than qualitative methods.
Quantitative methods are required for full face masks and can also be used for half masks and FFP (disposable face masks). The method of quantitative fit testing we use is a portable particle counting device called the TSI Portacount.
Qualitative Face Fit Testing
As stated in HSE OC 282/28 - Qualitative face fit testing is a simple pass/fail test based on the wearer’s subjective assessment of the leakage, via the face seal region, of a test agent. These tests are relatively simple to perform and are suitable for half masks and filtering face-pieces. They are not suitable for full face masks. The qualitative fit testing method we use is based on the bitter or sweet tasting aerosol.
Our courses consist of 15 min time slots per individual. Individual tests are £40.00 +VAT including certification, ID card (please request a digital photo at the time) and respiratory protection donning /maintenance training.
we also offer the ‘Train the Tester’ approx. three-hour course at £149.00 + VAT per person so that you can carry out your own ‘Taste Test’ Qualitative testing in house/on site.
Full certification is provided as a competent person. Kits can be purchased from reputable suppliers on successfully completing the course at around £150.00 + VAT
Comply at Work Ltd,
5 Mason Street,
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