Qualitative Face-Fit Testing In Cwmbran

On Site Face Fit Testing In Cwmbran

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

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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 Cwmbran 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 Cwmbran

Cwmbran is located in the county of Torfaen, in South Wales, approximately 135 miles west of London and 5 miles north of Newport, with easy access to the M4 motorway.The town has a population of around 45,000. Administratively it is within the county borough of Torfaen which covers an area of approximately 126 sq kms and which has a population of around 91,000. More widely it is within the local government district of Monmouthshire (one of 22 principal areas of Wales) which covers an area of approximately 850 sq kms.Built in 1949 as Wales’ first New Town, it is a thriving industrial, commercial and retail centre with good transport links, and the town continues to grow with ongoing shopping and residential developments. Whilst not regarded as a visitor destination, there are some notable attractions in the vicinity and the beautiful countryside of the Black Mountains and Wye Valley is within easy reach.Cwmbran is a new town, established in the 1950’s to provide employment in the South Wales coalfields. However, it was originally several small villages with a history dating back to the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. A Cictsercian Abbey was founded at Llantarnam in Cwmbran in 1179 by Hywel, Lord of Caerleon. Brickmaking, lime kilns, iron ore, coal mining and quarrying were important here during the 18th century, and goods were transported to the docks at Newport via the canal. Tin and coke works grew up here during the 19th century. Today the town is a thriving and prosperous town with a large shopping centre and international sports stadium.Historically the town’s economy was based upon coal. Today Cwmbran is a thriving industrial and commercial centre and has attracted inward investment by many major and small companies at its business parks and industrial estates. The town centre boasts Cwmbran Shopping, one of the largest pedestrianised shopping centres in South Wales, with 170 shops. The latest development includes a new Woolworth’s & 50,000 sq ft ‘Asda’ Superstore. The centre has a wide range of shops and cafes and can easily be accessed from its free car parking (3000 spaces) and nearby Railway station.The name Cwmbrân means Valley of the Crow. Traditionally this is where Bran, the father of Caradoc, is buried.

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