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  • Face-fit testing of up to 40 people per day

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>If your company requires on site Face- Fit Testing for the use of respiratory equipment, Fire Coral Ltd is the number one service provider for (VARIABLE 7). We provide expert training staff to come out to your company and provide Face-fit testing for those employees that use respiratory equipment (RPE) on a daily basis. It is essential to document the correct use and fit of RPE for every employee, which will adhere to the requirements set out in the Health & Safety Executives (HSE) guidance note HSE 282/28.




When using chemicals and materials, the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations state then when selecting RPE equipment for employees, a Face-fit test is required to ensure correct use and fitting of equipment.



For information regarding the correct fitting of RPE, companies can use the HSE guidance note HSE 282/28 (paragraphs 9 & 10). Although helpful, this information is only guidance for companies. If followed correctly, this information will provide enough guidance for companies to comply with the law.

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All RPE masks are required to complete Face- Fit Testing. Included are all filtering face pieces (disposable facemasks), half masks and full-face masks, negative pressure full-face masks as well as power-assisted full masks, and both self-contained and air-fed breathing apparatus.

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Masks should undergo specific testing, as recommended by the HSE information document 282/28. This includes a series of exercises to be performed wearing the masks, over a specific time period. For each member of staff 10 minutes should be allocated for the series of exercises. There are 7 exercises, which should be performed for a minute each. If the member of staff fails one exercise, the whole series should be taken again. This is to ensure staff know exactly how to wear their masks and that the masks are fitted correctly.

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Normal working conditions should be simulated during the test, as mentioned in the HSE 282/28 document. It is recommended that staff should be using dynamic movements such as walking, stepping and cycling on exercise machines.

If your staff use RPE on a regular basis and you would like to ensure they are fully trained in the wearing, fitting and use of respiratory equipment, Fire Coral LTD can provide you with a tailored training package and at a preferential rate. For companies based in Bedford with asbestos training needs, contact us today….

About Face Fit Testing

Face Fit Testing is a method that is used to identify how fitting a facepiece matches an individual. An inappropriate facepiece will substantially reduce the needed protection, so it is required to meet the safety criteria.

Furthermore, there are two types of Face Fit Testing - qualitative and quantitative. Qualitative method is specifically designed for testing of filtering facepieces (disposable masks) and half masks but not full face masks, as it is based on tasting or smelling a bitter, sweet or odorous compound. Whereas quantitative is designed for all types of masks and is also known as Fit Factor. It is based on numerical calculations of the efficiency of the fit.

About Bedford

Bedford is the county town of Bedfordshire, in the East of England. It is a large town and the administrative centre for the wider Borough of Bedford. According to Bedfordshire County Council's estimates, the town had a population of 79,190 in mid 2005, with 19,720 in the adjacent town of Kempston. The wider borough, including a rural area, had a population of 153,000. Bedford was a market town for the surrounding agricultural region from the early Middle Ages The Anglo-Saxon King Offa of Mercia was buried in the town in 796.In 886 it became a boundary town separating Wessex and Danelaw. It was the seat of the Barony of Bedford. In 919 Edward the Elder built the town's first known fortress, on the south side of the River Ouse and there received the area's submission. This fortress was destroyed by the Danes. William II gave the barony of Bedford to Paine de Beauchamp who built a new, strong castle. The new Bedford Castle was razed in 1224 and today only a mound remains. Bedford traces its borough charter in 1166 by Henry II and elected two members to the unreformed House of Commons. Bedford remained a small agricultural town, with wool being an important industry in the area for much of the Middle Ages From the 1560s Bedford and much of Bedfordshire became one of the main centres of England's Lace industry.