Qualitative Face-Fit Testing In Dorchester

On Site Face Fit Testing In Dorchester

If your company is based in Dorchester 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 Dorchester. 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 Dorchester 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 Dorchester 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 Dorchester

Dorchester is a historic market town with its roots in Roman times; however it is most famously associated with Thomas Hardy.With its elegant 18th century houses, broad walks and bustling shopping streets, Dorchester has much to offer the visitor. Its history can be traced back to the Iron Age, like nearby Maiden Castle. The Romans built a town here in AD 43 (Durnovaria) and you can see reminders of Dorchester’s Roman past in the County Museum and the Roman Town House. However Dorchester is perhaps better known for its part in the following two events in history.Public DomainIn 1685 Judge Jeffries presided here over the ‘Bloody Assizes’ following Monmouth’s rebellion and defeat at the Battle of Sedgemoor. He ordered the hanging of 74 men. The Tolpuddle Martyrs were deported from Dorchester to Australia in 1834 following their attempts to form a trade union.Wednesday is market day in Dorchester, where every street, alley and precinct announces old Rome. (Thomas Hardy, from his novel ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’). Hardy was born in 1840 at Higher Brockhampton, near Dorchester. Later in his life he returned to this part of Dorset and set up home at Max Gate, a house of his own design in the town, and where he died in 1928. Max Gate and the cottage where he was born are open to the public. Various tours of ‘Hardy’s Country’ are available – see below.Like many towns in this part of Dorset, you have to be fit as the main street rises up a steep hill! The lovely Georgian buildings, to be found mostly off the main street, give the town a very elegant feel. But do not stay just in the town – a must when visiting this part of Dorset is a visit to Maiden Castle, the huge and complex Iron Age fort just outside the town. Marvel at the sheer scale of the earthworks built with such primitive tools.And don’t forget the beautiful coast – Lyme Regis, where ‘The French Lieutenants Woman’ was filmed, has a lovely harbour and small sandy beach. The town’s streets seem to tumble down the steep hill into the sea! West Bay, or as it used to be called, Bridport Harbour, is where the T.V. series ‘Harbour Lights’ is filmed.

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