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On Site Face Fit Testing Company In Greater Manchester


>Fire Coral Ltd is one of the UK’s leading providers of Face-fit testing for companies. If you are based in the Greater Manchester 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.




Face-fit testing is required, especially if employees work with chemicals. The COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations state then when selecting RPE equipment, a face-fit test ensures the correct fitting for the wearer.



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.

Qualitative Face Fit Testing Firm In Greater Manchester



All RPE masks are required to complete Face- Fit Testing. Included are all filtering face pieces (disposable facemasks), half masks and full-face masks, negative pressure full-face masks as well as power-assisted full masks, and both self-contained and air-fed breathing apparatus.

Greater Manchester Face Fit Testing



The HSE information 282/28 notes that all Face-Fit Testing should include a series of 7 exercises. Each exercise is to be performed for at least one minute. Every employee should pass every test. If one of the tests is failed, the employee must start the whole test again. 10 minutes should be allocated to every staff member to complete all 7 exercises.

On Site Face Fit Testing Companies In Greater Manchester



Tests should simulate normal working conditions, therefore it is recommended by HSE 282/28 that movements such as walking, stepping or cycling on exercise equipment, will need to be performed during the tests.

If your company uses RPE and are based in Greater Manchester, book an asbestos training course with Fire Coral LTD. We can provide a tailored package for your company depending on your staff numbers, and you will receive a preferential rate. Ensure your staff are fully trained and your equipment is worn and used correctly. Contact the experts- 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 Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester is a metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 2.6 million. It encompasses one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United Kingdom and comprises ten metropolitan boroughs: Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford. Greater Manchester was created on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972. Greater Manchester spans 496 square miles (1,285 km2). It is landlocked and borders Cheshire (to the south-west and south), Derbyshire (to the south-east), West Yorkshire (to the north-east), Lancashire (to the north) and Merseyside (to the west). There is a mix of high density urban areas, suburbs, semi-rural and rural locations in Greater Manchester, but overwhelmingly the land use is urban. It has a focused central business district, formed by Manchester city centre and the adjoining parts of Salford and Trafford, but Greater Manchester is also a polycentric county with ten metropolitan districts, each of which has at least one major town centre and outlying suburbs. The Greater Manchester Urban Area is the third most populous conurbation in the UK, and spans across most of the county's territory. For the 12 years following 1974 the county had a two-tier system of local government; district councils shared power with the Greater Manchester County Council.