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



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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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 Somerset 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 Somerset

Somerset is a county in South West England. The county town of Somerset is Taunton, which is in the south of the county. The ceremonial county of Somerset borders the counties of Bristol and Gloucestershire to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south-east, and Devon to the south-west. It is partly bounded to the north and west by the coast of the Bristol Channel and the estuary of the River Severn. The traditional northern border of the county is the River Avon, but the administrative boundary has crept southwards, with the creation and expansion of the City of Bristol, and latterly the county of Avon and its successor Unitary Authorities in the north. Somerset is a rural county of rolling hills such as the Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park, and large flat expanses of land including the Somerset Levels. There is evidence of human occupation from Neolithic times, and subsequent settlement in the Roman and Saxon periods. Later, the county played a significant part in the consolidation of power and rise of King Alfred the Great, the English Civil War and the Monmouth Rebellion.