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>If your company requires the use of respiratory equipment (RPE) and are based in Cumbria 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.



In paragraphs 9 and 10 of the HSE guidance note HSE 282/28 companies will find the requirements regarding the fitting of RPE. Although a guide, if the information is adhered to correctly, companies will be doing enough 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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As part of the Face-fit test, it is required as stated in HSE document 282/28, that every employee that uses RPE should undergo 7 exercises, each of which will last 1 minute. If the employee fails to pass one of the tests, the whole series of exercises must be taken again. Every staff member should achieve a pass in this particular test. 10 minutes is to be allocated to every staff member taking the Face-fit test.

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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 Cumbria 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 Cumbria

Cumbria is a non-metropolitan county in North West England, United Kingdom. Cumbria, and a new local authority called Cumbria County Council, came into existence as a county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972. The county consists of six districts, and in 2008 had a total population of just under half a million. Cumbria as a whole is one of the most sparsely populated counties in the UK with 73.4 people per km2 (190/sq mi). Despite this, the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness has a population density over twelves times this at 921/km2 (2,385.3/sq mi). Cumbria, the third largest ceremonial county in England by area, is bounded to the north by the Scottish council area of Dumfries and Galloway, to the west by the Irish Sea, to the south by Lancashire, to the southeast by North Yorkshire, and to the east by County Durham and Northumberland. A predominantly rural county, Cumbria contains the Lake District and associated Lake District National Park, considered one of the most beautiful areas of England. The area has provided inspiration for generations of British and foreign artists, writers and musicians. Much of the county is mountainous, and it contains every peak in England over 900 metres (3,000 ft) above sea level, with Scafell Pike at 978 metres (3,209 ft) being the highest point in England. Long existing as an upland, coastal and rural area, Cumbria's heritage is characterised by a broad number of invasions, migration and settlement.