Qualitative Face-Fit Testing
On Site Qualitative Face-Fit Testing With a Fully Trained Provider
Fire Coral Ltd are able to provide on-site qualitative face-fit testing service for your employees with a fully trained provider delivering the service. If you provide respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to your employees then it is essential that you have documentary evidence to show the RPE fits the wearer. By subjecting each wearer to a face-fit test you can be sure that your organisation is fulfilling the requirements laid out in the Health & Safety Executives (HSE) guidance note HSE 282/28
Read about legislation regarding Face-Fit Testing:
The COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations include a requirement that the initial selection process for all tight-fitting face pieces should include face-fit testing to ensure the wearer has a correctly fitting device.
Face-Fit Testing is also required under both the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 AcoP L143 (paragraph 196) and the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 ACoP L132 (paragraph 133).
The HSE guidance note HSE 282/28 describes best practise regarding the fitment of RPE (paragraphs 9 & 10). This Information Document is HSE Guidance and in following this guidance employers will normally be doing enough to comply with the law.
What type of masks require Fit Testing?
RPE Fit Testing is required for all tight-fitting face pieces including all filtering face pieces (disposable face masks), half masks and full-face masks. This includes negative pressure full-face masks as well as power-assisted full masks, and both self-contained and air-fed breathing apparatus.
What does the Face-Fit Test Involve?
The HSE information document 282/28 recommends that Fit Testing procedures should comprise a series of 7 exercises which should be performed for at least one minute each. The wearer must achieve an individual pass result in each of the 7 test exercises within one single testing period. ie if a single one of the exercises fails then the whole test must be repeated. The minimum time required to conduct one face-fit test to include purging and ambient sampling time is 10 minutes with additional time required for training users how to use their mask.
The recommended fit testing exercises for both Qualitative and Quantitative tests are:
- Normal Breathing
- Deep Breathing
- Head Side to Side
- Head Up and Down
- Grimace (excluded from overall result)
- Normal Breathing
HSE 282/28 recommends that these exercises should be performed while the candidate is performing a dynamic movement such as: cycling on an exercise bike, walking on a treadmill or carrying out a stepping exercise. The exercise regime should induce a physical workload on the wearer which aims to simulate working activities and work rate.
Why not book an asbestos training course with us and receive your Face-Fit Tests at a preferential rate?
If you have a significant number of people please contact us for a bespoke quote. Where possible we will endeavour to better any quote you have already (proof required) so it is always worth giving us a call……