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>If your company is based in Maidstone 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.




When using chemicals and materials, the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations state then when selecting RPE equipment for employees, a Face-fit test is required to ensure correct use and fitting of equipment.



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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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.

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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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It is recommended by HSE 282/28 that the test exercises should be undertaken whilst performing movements such as walking on a treadmill, stepping motions on a stepper or cycling on an exercise bike. This should provide a simulation of physical work, which the mask wearer may be echoing in their daily work duties.

Book an asbestos training course with Fire Coral LTD in Maidstone. Book now and receive a special rate. We can tailor a training package to your company needs not matter how many staff you require to be trained and face-fit tested. For more information, contact 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 Maidstone

Maidstone is the county town of Kent, England, 32 miles (51 km) south-east of London. The River Medway runs through the centre of the town linking Maidstone to Rochester and the Thames Estuary. Historically, the river was a source and route for much of the town's trade. Maidstone was the centre of the agricultural county of Kent, known as the Garden of England. There is evidence of a settlement in the area dating back to beyond the Stone Age. The town is within the borough of Maidstone. In 2001, the town had a population of 138,959 Maidstone's economy has changed over the years from being involved in heavy industry, to more light and service industries. Neolithic finds have revealed the earliest occupation of the area; and the Romans have left their mark also: the road through the town and evidence of villas. The Normans set up a shire moot, and religious organisations established an abbey at Boxley, as well as hospitals and a college for priests. Today’s suburb of Penenden Heath became a place of execution in medieval times.