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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 Essex 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.



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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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.

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As documented in the HSE information 282/28 all Face-Fit Testing should include a series of 7 exercises, each performed for at least one minute each. Each staff member should achieve a pass result during the test. If one of the tests is a fail, the wearer must start the whole test again. This ensures that RPE is working, worn and fitted correctly. Each employee should have 10 minutes allocated to complete the series of tests.

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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 Essex 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 Essex

Essex is a ceremonial and non-metropolitan county in the East region of England, and one of the home counties. It is located to the northeast of Greater London and is one of the most populous counties in England. Essex County Council is the principal local authority for much of the county, sharing functions with twelve district councils. The county town is Chelmsford. The southern Essex boroughs of Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea are governed separately as unitary authorities. It was established in antiquity and formed the eastern portion of the Kingdom of Essex. Sections of the county closer to London are part of the Metropolitan Green Belt, which prohibits development. It is the location of the regionally significant Lakeside Shopping Centre and London Stansted Airport; and the new towns of Basildon and Harlow. The name Essex originates in the Anglo-Saxon period of the Early Middle Ages and has its root in the Old English Ēastseaxe (i.e. the "East Saxons"), the eastern kingdom of the Saxons.