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>Fire Coral Ltd is one of the UK’s leading providers of Face-fit testing for companies. If you are based in the Cardiff area and your staff require the use of respirators, masks and respiratory equipment (RPE) to perform their work, in accordance to the Health & Safety Executives (HSE) guidance note HSE 282/28, Fire Coral Ltd are the professionals at your service. It is in your interest to comply with regulations set out regarding the use and fit of RPE. Face-fit testing not only ensures staff know how to use RPE correctly, but that the RPE fits correctly, then you will have documentary evidence that your RPE is correct.




If your company handles dangerous chemicals and materials such as asbestos, the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations state Face-Fit tests are required when selecting RPE equipment for employees.



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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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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During the test exercises, is it required by the 282/28 document, that employees should simulate physical movement that would happen naturally on a day-to-day basis, during their work. This can be echoed with the use of exercise equipment and employees should walk, step and cycle to mimic dynamic movements for the duration of the Face-Fit tests.

Fire Coral Ltd covers the Cardiff area. If your company requires specialist Face-fit testing, make Fire Coral Ltd your first choice. We will create a bespoke training package based on staff numbers and we will even offer you a preferential rate. Ensure your staff are informed and fitted correctly for RPE. Call the experts, call Fire Coral Ltd 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 Cardiff

Cardiff is the capital, largest city and most populous county of Wales. The city is Wales' chief commercial centre, the base for most national cultural and sporting institutions, the Welsh national media, and the seat of the National Assembly for Wales. According to recent estimates, the population of the unitary authority area is 324,800, while the wider metropolitan area has a population of nearly 1.1 million, more than a third of the total Welsh population. Cardiff is a significant tourism centre and the most popular visitor destination in Wales with 14.6 million visitors in 2009. The city of Cardiff is the county town of the historic county of Glamorgan (and later South Glamorgan). Cardiff is part of the Eurocities network of the largest European cities. The Cardiff Urban Area covers a slightly larger area outside of the county boundary, and includes the towns of Dinas Powys, Penarth and Radyr. A small town until the early 19th century, its prominence as a major port for the transport of coal following the arrival of industry in the region contributed to its rise as a major city. Cardiff was made a city in 1905, and proclaimed capital of Wales in 1955. Since the 1990s Cardiff has seen significant development with a new waterfront area at Cardiff Bay which contains the Senedd building, home to the Welsh Assembly and the Wales Millennium Centre arts complex.



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