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>Employees of your company in (VARIABLE 8) must have documentary evidence of the fit and use of respiratory equipment (RPE). For those working with dangerous chemicals and materials, RPE is vital. Fire Coral Ltd provides onsite Face-Fit testing to ensure every RPE user understands how the system works and that the mask fits their face correctly. Our expert training staff will come out to your company and provide Face-fit testing, ensuring you receive the correct documentation required in the Health & Safety Executives (HSE) guidance note HSE 282/28.




Face-fit testing for company employees is required when respirators and facemasks have been selected for use with chemicals and materials such as asbestos, in accordance to the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations.



For the use of RPE, to ensure your company is falling within the guidelines and complying with the law, following the information in paragraphs 9 and 10 of the HSE guidance note HSE 282/28 will be enough to ensure your company is following basic regulations concerning RPE.

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Disposable face masks, half masks and full-face masks are all required to have face-fit tests this includes all filtering face pieces and negative pressure full- face masks, power- assisted full face masks plus self-contained and air fed breathing apparatus. The importance with all facemasks is the correct fit to the face to prevent the inhalation of particles.

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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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As noted in the 282/28 document, it is recommended that the test exercises and performed using movement which echo the wearers every day work routine, this includes walking, stepping and cycling on exercise equipment. This simulates what the RPE wearer would go through when performing physical work.

If your company is based in Blackpool and uses RPE on a regular basis, make sure your Health and Safety is up to standard, and book a Face-Fit testing course with Fire Coral LTD. Our trained providers will take your staff through the correct steps of RPE use and fitting and ensure every staff member passes the Face-Fit test. Fire Coral Ltd will tailor a package to you depending on your staff numbers, and you’ll receive a preferential rate. Call 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 Blackpool

Blackpool is a seaside town and unitary authority in Lancashire, England. Situated along the coast of the Irish Sea, it has a population of 142,900, making it the third-largest settlement in North West England behind Manchester and Liverpool. It lies 40 miles (64 km) north-west of the city of Manchester, and less than 30 miles (48 km) north of Liverpool City centre. Blackpool is the fourth most densely populated local authority district of England & Wales outside Greater London. Blackpool rose to prominence as a major centre of tourism during the 19th century, particularly for the inhabitants of northern mill towns. Blackpool is believed to get its name from a historic drainage channel (possibly Spen Dyke) that ran over a peat bog, discharging discoloured water into the Irish Sea, which formed a black pool (on the other side of the sea, "Dublin" (Dubh Linn) is derived from the Irish for "black pool"). Another explanation is that the local dialect for stream was "pul" or "poole", hence "Black poole".