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Fire Coral Ltd are able to provide an on-site, Fit2Fit Accredited, qualitiative face-fit testing service for your employees.  If you provide respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to your employees then it is essential that you have documentary evidence to show the RPE fits the wearer. By subjecting each wearer to a face-fit test you can be sure that your organisation is fulfilling the requirements laid out in the Health & Safety Executives (HSE) guidance note HSE 282/28
Read about legislations regarding Face-Fit Testing:
The COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations include a requirement that the initial selection process for all tight-fitting face pieces should include face-fit testing to ensure the wearer has a correctly fitting device.
Face-Fit Testing is also required under both the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 AcoP L143 (paragraph 196) and the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 ACoP L132 (paragraph 133).
The HSE guidance note HSE 282/28 describes best practise regarding the fitment of RPE (paragraphs 9 & 10). This Information Document is HSE Guidance and in following this guidance employers will normally be doing enough to comply with the law.
What type of masks require Fit Testing?
RPE Fit Testing is required for all tight-fitting face pieces including all filtering face pieces (disposable face masks), half masks and full-face masks. This includes negative pressure full-face masks as well as power-assisted full masks, and both self-contained and air-fed breathing apparatus.
What does the Face-Fit Test Involve?
The HSE information document 282/28 recommends that Fit Testing procedures should comprise a series of 7 exercises which should be performed for at least one minute each. The wearer must achieve an individual pass result in each of the 7 test exercises within one single testing period. ie if a single one of the exercises fails then the whole test must be repeated. The minimum time required to conduct one face-fit test to include purging and ambient sampling time is 10 minutes, although at least 20 minutes should be allocated to each individual test in order to allow time for training, donning and instruction.
The recommended fit testing exercises for both Qualitative and Quantitative tests are:
• Normal Breathing
• Deep Breathing
• Head Side to Side
• Head Up and Down
• Bending
• Grimace (excluded from overall result)
• Talking
• Normal Breathing
HSE 282/28 recommends that these exercises should be performed while the candidate is performing a dynamic movement such as: cycling on an exercise bike, walking on a treadmill or carrying out a stepping exercise. The exercise regime should induce a physical workload on the wearer which aims to simulate working activities and work rate.
Face-Fit Tests are £30/person (minimum 13 people) with subsequent Fit-Tests £20/person. Mileage rates include the first 60 miles with subsequent milage 30p/mile.
Why not book a training course with us and receive your Face-Fit Tests at a preferential rate?
If you have a significant number of people please contact us for a bespoke quote. Where possible we will endeavour to better any quote you have already (proof required) so it is always worth giving us a call……

Fit 2 Fit Accredited Qualitative Face-Fit Testing


On Site Qualitative Face-Fit Testing With a Fully Trained Provider

 

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Fire Coral Ltd are able to provide on-site Fit2Fit accredited qualitative face-fit testing for your employees with a fully trained provider delivering the service. 

If you provide respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to your employees, then it is essential that you have documentary evidence to show the RPE fits the wearer. By subjecting each wearer to a face-fit test you can be sure that your organisation is fulfilling the requirements laid out in the Health & Safety Executives (HSE) document INDG 479.

RPE fit testing should be conducted by a competent person. Competence can be demonstrated through achieving accreditation under the 'Fit2Fit RPE Fit Test Providers Accreditation Scheme'. This Scheme has been developed by the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) together with industry stakeholders and is supported by HSE. The scheme is not compulsory and employers are free to take other action to comply with the law.

When worn correctly RPE (respiratory protective equipment) should protect the wearer from airborne hazards (particulates, dusts, gases etc). Recent research has shown that around 50% of RPE used does not offer the wearer the level of protection assumed. The major reason for this is that it simply does not fit!

As people come in all sorts of shapes and sizes it is unlikely that one particular type or size of RPE face piece will fit everyone. A face fit test will help ensure that the RPE selected is suitable for the wearer.

  • Morally we have a duty to ensure that workers go home safe and are not exposed to airborne hazards during their work.
  • Legally, face fit testing is a requirement of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, the Control of Lead at Work Regulations and the Control of Asbestos Regulations. These regulations state that PPE must be "suitable" for its purpose – in this case it should protect the wearer from the airborne hazard.
  • All wearers of tight fitting or close fitting face pieces require a face fit test for each mask that they wear. The following are all defined as 'close fitting': full breathing apparatus masks (including positive pressure), escape set masks, powered respirators, re-usable half masks and disposable half masks.

 

What type of masks require Fit Testing?

RPE Fit Testing is required for all tight-fitting face pieces including all filtering face pieces (disposable face masks), half masks and full-face masks. This includes negative pressure full-face masks as well as power-assisted full masks, and both self-contained and air-fed breathing apparatus. We can test all FFP3 rated dust masks and half face P3 masks.

What does the Face-Fit Test Involve? 

The HSE information document 282/28 recommends that Fit Testing procedures should comprise a series of 7 exercises which should be performed for one minute each. The wearer must achieve an individual pass result in each of the 7 test exercises within one single testing period. ie if a single one of the exercises fails then the whole test must be repeated.

The recommended fit testing exercises for both Qualitative and Quantitative tests are:

  • Normal Breathing
  • Deep Breathing
  • Head Side to Side
  • Head Up and Down
  • Talking
  • Bending
  • Normal Breathing

Read about legislation regarding Face-Fit Testing:

The COSHH Regulations include a requirement that the initial selection process for all tight-fitting face pieces should include face-fit testing to ensure the wearer has a correctly fitting device. 

It is essential that those being tested do not have beards, for those who cannot shave a loose-fitting positive pressure hood would be necessary. These do not require face fit testing. It is important to note that purchase of this type of equipment can be expensive and it must have an APF of 20

Face-Fit Testing is also required under both the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 AcoP L143 (paragraph 196) and the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 ACoP L132 (paragraph 133). 

The HSE guidance note HSE 282/28 describes best practise regarding the fitment of RPE (paragraphs 9 & 10). This Information Document is HSE Guidance and in following this guidance employers will normally be doing enough to comply with the law.

 

Why not book an asbestos training course with us and receive your Face-Fit Tests at a preferential rate?

If you have a significant number of people please contact us for a bespoke quote. Where possible we will endeavour to better any quote you have already (proof required) so it is always worth giving us a call……

 

We are able to deliver on-site training courses in all these regions:

Avon, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Borders, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Central Scotland, Cheshire,  Cleveland, Clwyd, Cornwall, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Dumfries/Galloway, Dyfed, East Sussex, Essex, Fife, Gloucestershire, Grampian, Greater Manchester, Gwent, Gwynedd County, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Highlands, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, London, Lothian, Merseyside, Mid Glamorgan, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Powys, Shropshire, Somerset, South Glamorgan, Staffordshire, Strathclyde, Suffolk, Surrey, Tayside, Tyne and Wear, Warwickshire, West Glamorgan, West Midlands, West Sussex, Wiltshire, Worcestershire & Yorkshire

Bangor, Bath, Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Cardiff, Carlisle, Chester, Chichester, Coventry, Derby, Durham, Edinburgh, Ely, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Kingston upon Hull, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester, Lichfield, Lincoln, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newport, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Salford, Salisbury, Sheffield, Southampton, St Albans, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea, Truro, Wakefield, Wells, Winchester, Wolverhampton, Worcester, York