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




If your company handles dangerous chemicals and materials such as asbestos, the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations state Face-Fit tests are required when selecting RPE equipment for employees.



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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If your company uses power assisted full masks, self-contained and air fed breathing apparatus as well as full-face masks, half-face masks, disposable masks and negative pressure full-face masks, Fire Coral Ltd will provide Face-Fit testing for all versions. This ensures all masks work correctly and are fitted to the wearer properly.

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Face Fit testing, as recommended by the HSE information document 282/28 should include a series of 7 exercises to be performed for one minute each. Each wearer must pass these exercises during one single testing period. If one of the exercises fails, the whole test must be taken again. 10 minutes is the minimum time required to conduct the 7 exercises per staff member, which also allows trainers to show how to use and wear the mask correctly.

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During the test exercises, is it required by the 282/28 document, that employees should simulate physical movement that would happen naturally on a day-to-day basis, during their work. This can be echoed with the use of exercise equipment and employees should walk, step and cycle to mimic dynamic movements for the duration of the Face-Fit tests.

Fire Coral Ltd covers the Portsmouth area. If your company requires specialist Face-fit testing, make Fire Coral Ltd your first choice. We will create a bespoke training package based on staff numbers and we will even offer you a preferential rate. Ensure your staff are informed and fitted correctly for RPE. Call the experts, call 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 Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a city located in the ceremonial county of Hampshire on the south coast of England. Portsmouth is the United Kingdom's only island city, being mainly located on Portsea Island. The City of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Football Club are both nicknamed Pompey. As a significant naval port for centuries, Portsmouth is home to the world's oldest dry dock still in use and also home to some famous ships, including HMS Warrior and Lord Nelson's flagship HMS Victory. Although smaller than in its heyday, the naval base remains a major dockyard and base for the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Commandos whose Headquarters resides there. There is also a thriving commercial ferryport serving destinations on the continent for freight and passenger traffic. The nickname Pompey is thought to have derived from shipping entering Portsmouth harbour making an entry in their logs as Pom. P. in reference to Portsmouth Point. Navigational charts also use this abbreviation. The Spinnaker Tower is a striking recent addition to the city's skyline. It can be found in the redeveloped former HMS Vernon, an area of retail outlets, restaurants, clubs and bars now known as Gunwharf Quays. The Portsmouth Urban Area covers an area with a population well over twice that of the city of Portsmouth itself, and includes Fareham, Portchester, Gosport, Havant (which includes the large suburbs of Leigh Park), Lee-on-the-Solent, Stubbington and Waterlooville.
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