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>If your company requires on site Face- Fit Testing for the use of respiratory equipment, Fire Coral Ltd is the number one service provider for (VARIABLE 7). We provide expert training staff to come out to your company and provide Face-fit testing for those employees that use respiratory equipment (RPE) on a daily basis. It is essential to document the correct use and fit of RPE for every employee, which will adhere to the requirements set out in the Health & Safety Executives (HSE) guidance note HSE 282/28.




Face-fit testing for company employees is required when respirators and facemasks have been selected for use with chemicals and materials such as asbestos, in accordance to the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations.



For the use of RPE, to ensure your company is falling within the guidelines and complying with the law, following the information in paragraphs 9 and 10 of the HSE guidance note HSE 282/28 will be enough to ensure your company is following basic regulations concerning RPE.

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All respirators and masks should be checked for correct use and fitting. Masks that would need Face-fit testing include, disposable facemasks, half masks, full-face masks, all filtering face pieces, negative pressure full- facemasks, power- assisted full-face masks, self-contained and air-fed breathing apparatus.

Oxfordshire Face Fit Testing



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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The 282/28 document notes that it is highly recommended that the test exercises should simulate the kind of physical movement employees express during their normal working day. With this in mind, tests should be performed whilst walking, stepping and cycling on exercise equipment.

Is your company is based in Oxfordshire? That is no problem for Fire Coral Ltd. We will send out our trained providers to ensure your staff are completely up to date with the use and fitting of RPE. Fire Coral Ltd will tailor a package for you, depending on staff numbers, and you will receive a booking discount. Call us today for Company Health and Safety peace of mind.

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 Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire is a county in the South East region of England, bordering on Warwickshire, Northamptonshire (to the north/northeast), Buckinghamshire (to the east), Berkshire (to the south), Wiltshire and Swindon (to the southwest), Gloucestershire (to the west) and Warwickshire (to the north). It is divided into five local government districts: Oxford, Cherwell, Vale of White Horse (after the Uffington White Horse), West Oxfordshire and South Oxfordshire. The county has a major tourist industry. The area is noted for the concentration of performance motorsport companies and facilities. Oxford University Press is the largest firm among a concentration of print and publishing firms; the University of Oxford is also linked to the concentration of local biotechnology companies. The main centre of population is the city of Oxford. Other significant settlements are Banbury, Bicester, Kidlington, and Chipping Norton to the north of Oxford; Witney to the west; Thame and Chinnor to the east; and Abingdon, Wantage, Didcot, Wallingford and Henley-on-Thames to the south. Future population growth in the county is hoped to be concentrated around Oxford, Banbury, Bicester, Didcot and Witney, near the South Midlands growth area. The highest point of the administrative county is White Horse Hill, in the Vale of White Horse, reaching 261 metres (856 ft). The highest point in the historic county is near Portobello Farm in the Chiltern Hills at 255 metres. Oxfordshire's county flower is the Snake's-head Fritillary.