Qualitative Face-Fit Testing In Bridgwater

On Site Face Fit Testing In Bridgwater

If your company is based in Bridgwater 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 Bridgwater. 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 Bridgwater using half-face disposable or reusable masks only.

Bridgwater 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 Bridgwater 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 Bridgwater

Bridgwater is a small town located some 37 miles (60 km) south of Bristol and 10 miles (21 km) from the mouth of the River Parrett. Until the river silted up Bridgwater was quite a busy port and the town retains its old quays, a canal link to Taunton and a reputation for industrial enterprise.Bridgwater has a long and somewhat defiant history. When Alfred the Great was supposed to be burning those famous cakes, he is thought to have been hiding from his enemies somewhere in the nearby marshes. In the 11th Century, the great Norman castle that once guarded the river crossing was held by the Barons against the King. During the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 some of the locals rose up and went on a killing spree directed against the local tax inspectors. In 1865, the Duke of Monmouth was declared king in Bridgwater. Unfortunately for him he went on to lose the nearby battle of Sedgemoor and finally lost his head at the Tower of London. Even Guy Fawkes is regarded as a superstar in Bridgwater and a marvelous carnival is held annually to honour the man who attempted to blow up parliament.Bridgwater Town CentreBridgwater was once known for its traffic jams but the M5 has since bypassed the town leaving it a pleasant place to visit. There are some elegant streets and well-preserved old buildings. A statue of Bridgwater’s most famous son, Admiral Robert Blake, stands at the Cornhill and the house where he may have born is preserved as a museum.The major event in town is the illuminated Guy Fawkes Carnival, a magnificent and colourful spectacle which draws thousands of spectators to the town each year. The parade has over a hundred floats lit by thousands of electric bulbs and takes 2 or 3 hours to get around town. Later in the evening, large fireworks known as Squibs are set off outside the Town Hall.

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