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>If your company is based in Berkshire and you require qualitative face-fit testing for your employees, Fire Coral LTD can provide a range of training from fully trained providers. As part of your company health and safety remit, if you provide your staff with respiratory equipment (RPE) it is in your interest that the respirators fit your staff correctly, and are used and applied in the correct manner. To adhere to the requirements of the Health & Safety Executives (HSE) guidance note HSE 282/28, face-fit testing ensures that every staff member has a correctly fitting respirator.




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 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.

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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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Masks should undergo specific testing, as recommended by the HSE information document 282/28. This includes a series of exercises to be performed wearing the masks, over a specific time period. For each member of staff 10 minutes should be allocated for the series of exercises. There are 7 exercises, which should be performed for a minute each. If the member of staff fails one exercise, the whole series should be taken again. This is to ensure staff know exactly how to wear their masks and that the masks are fitted 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 Berkshire 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 Berkshire

Berkshire is a historic county in the South East of England. It is also often referred to as the Royal County of Berkshire because of the presence of the royal residence of Windsor Castle in the county; this usage, which dates to the 19th century at least, was recognised by the Queen in 1958, and letters patent issued confirming this in 1974. Berkshire borders the counties of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Wiltshire and Hampshire, and is usually regarded as one of the home counties. Under boundary changes in 1995, it also acquired a boundary with Greater London. Historically the county town was Abingdon, but in 1867 the town of Reading – by then much larger – superseded Abingdon in this role. In 1974 local government reorganisation moved Abingdon and several other north-west Berkshire towns into Oxfordshire. A later reorganisation, in 1998, abolished Berkshire County Council, although retaining Berkshire as a ceremonial county. The highest tier of local government in Berkshire are now the unitary authorities of Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham.