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>If your company requires the use of respiratory equipment (RPE) and are based in Cornwall Fire Coral LTD can offer qualitative Face- Fit testing from our group of fully trained providers. Face-fit testing ensures your employees know how to use respiratory equipment correctly and that facemasks fit properly. The Health & Safety Executives (HSE) guidance note HSE 282/28 offers information about the correct use of RPE and how the respirators should fit. Fire Coral LTD can come into your company and ensure that all staff are aware of the risks of incorrect fitting respirators.




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.



Using the HSE guidance note HSE 282/28 (paragraphs 9 & 10) will inform companies how to use and correctly fit RPE. This information is guidance for companies, but used correctly will be enough to comply with the law regarding the use and fitting of 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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A set of exercises under the simulation of everyday work and movement determines correct use and fit. There are 7 exercises which each staff member should complete, each lasting for 1 minute. If one of the exercises is a fail, the whole test needs to be re-taken. Each member of staff should have 10 minutes allocated to complete the whole range of exercises.

On Site Face Fit Testing Companies In Cornwall



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 Cornwall 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 Cornwall

Cornwall is a ceremonial county and unitary authority of England, United Kingdom, forming the tip of the south-western peninsula of Great Britain. It is bordered to the north and west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the English Channel, and to the east by the county of Devon, over the River Tamar. Including the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall has a population of 534,300, and covers an area of 3,563 km2 (1,376 sq mi). The administrative centre and only city is Truro. The area now known as Cornwall was first inhabited in the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods. It continued to be occupied by Neolithic and then Bronze Age peoples, and later (in the Iron Age) by Celts. There is little evidence that Roman rule was effective west of Exeter and few Roman remains have been found. Cornwall was a division of the Dumnonii tribe―whose tribal centre was in the modern county of Devon―known as the Cornovii, separated from Wales after the Battle of Deorham, often coming into conflict with the expanding English kingdom of Wessex before King Athelstan in AD 936 set the boundary between English and Cornish people at the Tamar. Historically tin mining was important in the Cornish economy, becoming significant during the Middle Ages and expanding greatly during the 19th century when rich copper mines were also in production. In the mid-nineteenth century, however, the tin and copper trades entered a period of decline. Subsequently china clay extraction became more important and metal mining had virtually ended by the 1990s.