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On Site Face Fit Testing Company In Bedfordshire


>If your company is based in Bedfordshire and you require qualitative face-fit testing for your employees, Fire Coral LTD can provide a range of training from fully trained providers. As part of your company health and safety remit, if you provide your staff with respiratory equipment (RPE) it is in your interest that the respirators fit your staff correctly, and are used and applied in the correct manner. To adhere to the requirements of the Health & Safety Executives (HSE) guidance note HSE 282/28, face-fit testing ensures that every staff member has a correctly fitting respirator.




The COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations require that all company staff using respirators should take a face-fit test to ensure tight fitting face pieces fit correctly.



To ensure your company falls within the guidelines of the laws regarding RPE, is it suggested to follow the information in paragraphs 9 and 10 of the HSE guidance note HSE 282/28 companies will find the requirements regarding the fitting of RPE. Using these notes as a guide will ensure your company complies.

Qualitative Face Fit Testing Firm In Bedfordshire



If your company uses power assisted full masks, self-contained and air fed breathing apparatus as well as full-face masks, half-face masks, disposable masks and negative pressure full-face masks, Fire Coral Ltd will provide Face-Fit testing for all versions. This ensures all masks work correctly and are fitted to the wearer properly.

Bedfordshire Face Fit Testing



Face Fit testing, as recommended by the HSE information document 282/28 should include a series of 7 exercises to be performed for one minute each. Each wearer must pass these exercises during one single testing period. If one of the exercises fails, the whole test must be taken again. 10 minutes is the minimum time required to conduct the 7 exercises per staff member, which also allows trainers to show how to use and wear the mask correctly.

On Site Face Fit Testing Companies In Bedfordshire



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 Bedfordshire 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 Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire is a ceremonial county of historic origin in England that forms part of the East of England region. It borders Cambridgeshire to the north-east, Northamptonshire to the north, Buckinghamshire to the west and Hertfordshire to the south-east. The highest elevation point is 243 metres (797 ft) on Dunstable Downs in the Chilterns. As part of a 2002 marketing campaign, the plant conservation charity Plantlife chose the Bee Orchid as the county flower. The traditional nickname for people from Bedfordshire is "Bedfordshire Bulldogs" or "Clangers", this last deriving from a local dish comprising a suet crust dumpling filled with meat or jam or both. The first recorded use of the name was in 1011 as "Bedanfordscir," meaning the shire or county of Bedford, which itself means "Beda's ford" (river crossing). Bedfordshire was historically divided into the nine hundreds: Barford, Biggleswade, Clifton, Flitt, Manshead, Redbournestoke, Stodden, Willey, Wixamtree, along with the liberty and borough of Bedford. There have been several minor changes to the county boundary; for example, in 1897 Kensworth and part of Caddington were transferred from Hertfordshire to Bedfordshire.