Qualitative Face-Fit Testing In Barnstaple

On Site Face Fit Testing In Barnstaple

If your company is based in Barnstaple and you require qualitative face-fit testing for your employees, we at Fire Coral Ltd can provide you with testing by a Fit2Fit accredited provider.

As part of your company health and safety remit, if you provide your staff with respiratory equipment (RPE) you require certification that they fit your staff correctly, are used in the correct manner, and maintained in line with legal requirements. The Health & Safety Executives (HSE) guidance note INDG 479 lays bare the need for face fit testing.

Face-fit testing is required, especially if your employees work in a dusty environment within Barnstaple. The COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations state then when selecting RPE equipment, a face-fit test is a way of ensuring an adequate seal is achieved. Did you know over 50% of masks tested on those with no training failed a face fit test.

By following the guidance laid out in INDG 479 & HSG 53 with regards RPE, you are meeting the regulatory requirements expected of you.

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All close fitting masks should be face fit tested on the wearer to demonstrate whether they work or not. The types of masks which would need face-fit testing include, disposable face masks (FFP3), half masks & full-face masks. Here at Fire Coral Ltd, we provide qualitative testing for workers in Barnstaple using half-face disposable or reusable masks only.

Barnstaple Face Fit Testing

A face fit test is a set of exercises simulating everyday movement to determine whether an adequate seal is maintained. There are 7 exercises which each staff member should complete, each lasting for 1 minute. If one of the exercises is failed, the whole test needs to be re-taken. We will test your staff in groups of nine in slots 1.5 hours apart to minimise downtime to yourselves.

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Normal working conditions should be simulated during the test, as mentioned in INDG 479. It is recommended that staff should be using dynamic movements such as walking, stepping and cycling on exercise machines.

If your staff in Barnstaple use RPE on a regular basis, and you would like to ensure they are fully trained in the wearing, fitting, and use of their respiratory equipment; Fire Coral Ltd can provide you with a tailored training package at a preferential rate.

About Face Fit Testing

Face Fit Testing is a method that is used to identify how a dust mask matches an individual’s facial characteristics. A poor seal will substantially reduce the level of protection so face fit testing is required to fulfil the safety criteria.

Furthermore, there are two types of face fit testing - qualitative and quantitative. The qualitative method is specifically designed for testing of disposable masks (FFP3) and half masks but not full face masks. It is based on tasting a bitter or sweet compound. Quantitative testing is designed for full face masks.

About Barnstaple

Barnstaple is a large and thriving market town, the ‘capital’ of North Devon. The town has a population of just over 25,000, but this figure doubles when the immediate surrounding parishes are included. In fact it serves 130,000 people across the nearby area. Barnstaple is fast expanding too, with new housing developments expected to add 8,000 to the population over the next 15-20 years. As the main town in North Devon, Barnstaple has much to offer residents, visitors, and workers: A large town centre, now spanning both sides of the River Taw and featuring a wide selection of major national retailers and independent shops. A wonderful heritage offer with many historic buildings, including Barnstaple Guildhall, the Pannier Market, St Anne’s Arts & Community Centre (once a medieval chantry chapel), Penrose and Pilton Almshouses, North Devon Athenaeum (now the Museum), the Albert Clock, Queen Anne’s Walk, and the towns churches. The town also hosts a range of annual events steeped in history, including Barnstaple Fair, Barnstaple Carnival, and Pilton Green Man Day. Culture galore, with the region’s major theatre, the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon, a multi-screen cinema, art galleries, arts and cultural events at the Guildhall, St Anne’s Arts & Community Centre and elsewhere, and regular live music at small and medium sized venues right across the town. A strong educational offer, with 13 schools including two secondary. The further and higher education college, Petroc, is one of the leading colleges in the South West. Sports for all with North Devon Leisure Centre, Tarka Tennis Centre, successful football and rugby teams, water sports on the River Taw, Parkrun, gyms, and diverse range of sports clubs. Leisure activities to suit all tastes, including a wide range of cafés and restaurants, 17 parks and play areas, riverside walks on the Tarka Trail, town tours, pubs and clubs, go karting, and ten pin bowling. A strong local economy supporting 40,000 jobs with major employers in the retail, tourism, manufacturing, advanced scientific, health and education sectors. Unemployment is lower than the national average. Nearby, some of the UK’s most beautiful coastline, and major tourist destinations such as Ilfracombe, Woolacombe, Combe Martin, Lynton, Lynmouth, Croyde, Braunton, Saunton and Westward Ho! Good supporting infrastructure including North Devon District Hospital and community health services, a railway station, road links to the M5, Exeter and Plymouth, and a bus station.

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