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>Employees of your company in (VARIABLE 8) must have documentary evidence of the fit and use of respiratory equipment (RPE). For those working with dangerous chemicals and materials, RPE is vital. Fire Coral Ltd provides onsite Face-Fit testing to ensure every RPE user understands how the system works and that the mask fits their face correctly. Our expert training staff will come out to your company and provide Face-fit testing, ensuring you receive the correct documentation required 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 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 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.

Northumberland 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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As noted in the 282/28 document, it is recommended that the test exercises and performed using movement which echo the wearers every day work routine, this includes walking, stepping and cycling on exercise equipment. This simulates what the RPE wearer would go through when performing physical work.

If your company is based in Northumberland and uses RPE on a regular basis, make sure your Health and Safety is up to standard, and book a Face-Fit testing course with Fire Coral LTD. Our trained providers will take your staff through the correct steps of RPE use and fitting and ensure every staff member passes the Face-Fit test. Fire Coral Ltd will tailor a package to you depending on your staff numbers, and you’ll receive a preferential rate. Call us 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 Northumberland

Northumberland is the northernmost ceremonial county and a unitary district in the North East of England. It borders Cumbria to the west, County Durham to the south and Tyne and Wear to the south east, as well as having a border with the Scottish Borders council area to the north, and a North Sea coastline of outstanding natural beauty with a 103 km long distance path. Since 1981, the county council has been located in Morpeth, situated in the east of the county.