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On Site Face Fit Testing Company In Oldham


>If your company requires the use of respiratory equipment (RPE) and are based in Oldham Fire Coral LTD can offer qualitative Face- Fit testing from our group of fully trained providers. Face-fit testing ensures your employees know how to use respiratory equipment correctly and that facemasks fit properly. The Health & Safety Executives (HSE) guidance note HSE 282/28 offers information about the correct use of RPE and how the respirators should fit. Fire Coral LTD can come into your company and ensure that all staff are aware of the risks of incorrect fitting respirators.




It is required by the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations, that all staff should take a face-fit test to ensure tight fitting face pieces are correctly fitted.



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.

Qualitative Face Fit Testing Firm In Oldham



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.

Oldham Face Fit Testing



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.

On Site Face Fit Testing Companies In Oldham



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 Oldham. 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 Oldham

Oldham is a large town in Greater Manchester, England. It lies amid the Pennines on elevated ground between the rivers Irk and Medlock, 5.3 miles (8.5 km) south-southeast of Rochdale, and 6.9 miles (11.1 km) northeast of the city of Manchester. Oldham is surrounded by several smaller settlements which together form the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, of which Oldham is the administrative centre. Historically a part of Lancashire, and with little early history to speak of, Oldham rose to prominence during the 19th century as an international centre of textile manufacture. It was a boomtown of the Industrial Revolution, and among the first ever industrialised towns, rapidly becoming "one of the most important centres of cotton and textile industries in England". At its zenith, it was the most productive cotton spinning mill town in the world, spinning more cotton than France and Germany combined. Oldham's textile industry began to fall into decline during the mid-20th century, and its last mill closed in 1998. The demise of textile processing in Oldham depressed the local economy. Today Oldham is a predominantly residential town, and a centre for further education and the performing arts. It is, however, still distinguished architecturally by the surviving cotton mills and other buildings associated with that industry. The town's population of 103,544 lives in an area of around 26 square miles (67 km2).