Qualitative Face-Fit Testing In Newbury

On Site Face Fit Testing In Newbury

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

Newbury 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 Newbury 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 Newbury

Newbury is a small town nestled in the heart of West Berkshire. While it may be small, it certainly has a lot going on! From our mix of independent and known high street stores to the very best eateries and exciting night life, there’s something for everyone.Due to its location, Newbury is also home to beautiful walking and cycling trails, making it perfect for families to have a day out and enjoy the scenery. If that’s not for you we have a range of nationally loved attractions.Visit our top class Racecourse or Highclere Castle, home of Downton Abbey. The town is also home to well known Arts venues, the Corn Exchange, Arlington Arts and The Watermill Theatre – hosting the very best in entertainment, music and comedy.West Berkshire lies at the centre of Southern England in the South East, within an hour’s reach of London, Bristol, Oxford and the south coast. Transport links are excellent… it is easy to reach from all parts of the UK.This ancient wool town is best known for its racecourse, where major steeplechase and hurdling events are held throughout the season.The settlement developed during 16th century as a cloth-weaving centre. It has retained much of its period charm, with a 19th-c Italianate Corn Exchange, Town hall and good variety of charming 16th, 17th and 18th-c buildings, including several fine almshouses and a 17th-c timbered Cloth Hall.Cloth making was established during the 16th-c by John Winchcombe (A.K.A. Jack 0′ Newbury). Part of his house still survives, as does his memorial in St Nicholas’s Church (which he also built). The church is a buttressed and pinnacled perpendicular construction, containing a grand interior with fine stained glass windows.The busy shopping thoroughfare has many fine 17th and 18th century frontages. It has a good theatre, plus a wide range of shops and facilities. The narrow balustraded stone bridge over the Kennet and Avon navigation was built in 1769.The handsome Jacobean Cloth Hall (in The Wharf) houses a fine museum packed with artifacts from Civil War relics to vintage cameras. The timber framed Granary, next to the Cloth Hall, was built in the early 18th-c when Newbury was an important grain-trading centre.Memorial stones to the victims of the 1st Battle of Newbury (sep 1643) can be found in Round Barrow Cemetery, Wash Farm (off A343). Here the Royalists were defeated by the Parliamentarians in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. The 2nd Battle of Newbury (Oct 1644) was at Donnington Castle. Details of both battles can be found in the town museum.

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