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>If your company requires the use of respiratory equipment (RPE) and are based in Oxford 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.




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.



The HSE guidance note HSE 282/28 (paragraphs 9 & 10) informs companies about the correct use and fitting of RPE. Although only a guide, if this information is adhered to correctly, your company will be well within the law regarding respirators.

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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.

Oxford Face Fit Testing



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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Tests should simulate normal working conditions, therefore it is recommended by HSE 282/28 that movements such as walking, stepping or cycling on exercise equipment, will need to be performed during the tests.

If your company uses RPE and are based in Oxford, book an asbestos training course with Fire Coral LTD. We can provide a tailored package for your company depending on your staff numbers, and you will receive a preferential rate. Ensure your staff are fully trained and your equipment is worn and used correctly. Contact the experts- 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 Oxford

Oxford is a city, and the county town of Oxfordshire, in South East England. The city, made prominent by its medieval university, has a population of just under 165,000, with 151,000 living within the district boundary. The rivers Cherwell and Thames run through Oxford and meet south of the city centre. For a distance of some 10 miles (16 km) along the river, in the vicinity of Oxford, the Thames is known as The Isis. Buildings in Oxford demonstrate an example of every British architectural period since the arrival of the Saxons, including the iconic, mid-18th century Radcliffe Camera. Oxford is known as the "city of dreaming spires", a term coined by poet Matthew Arnold in reference to the harmonious architecture of Oxford's university buildings. The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Oxford was first occupied in Saxon times, and was initially known as "Oxenaforda", meaning "Ford of the Ox"; fords being more commonly used than bridges at that time. It began with the foundation of St Frideswide's nunnery in the 8th century, and was first mentioned in written records in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for the year 912. In the 10th century Oxford became an important military frontier town between the kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex and was on several occasions raided by Danes. St Frideswide is the patron saint of both the city and university.