Qualitative Face-Fit Testing In Pontypool

On Site Face Fit Testing In Pontypool

If your company is based in Pontypool 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 Pontypool. 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 Pontypool 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 Pontypool 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 Pontypool

Pontypool, one of the biggest towns in Torfaen, Monmouthshire, is less than twenty minutes from Newport on the South Wales coast. The town probably gets its name from ‘a bridge near a swampy pool’, but don’t let that put you off exploring the beautiful Pontypool area today! Lying just to the West of the Llandegfedd Reservoir, this area of South Wales has so much to offer as a holiday destination.What’s Pontypool like?At the Eastern boundaries of the South Wales coalfields, and nestled round the Afon Lwyd river, Pontypool’s industrial roots (coal, steel, iron and railways) gave economic strength to the formerly agricultural area during its heyday, though Pontypool was never (strictly speaking) a coal-mining town, relying more on the iron and associated industries.BracchisWelsh mining communities used to be full of Bracchis – cafes, originally set up by Italians in the nineteenth century. One still remains – Mario’s Caf on Broad Street, and it is well worth a visit.Pontypool Park, Museum and Ski Slope!Pontypool Park is truly a facility that any town would be proud of. Not only is it home to the longest (and oldest) artificial ski slope in Wales but its massive 150 acres of parklands are amongst Wales’ best. At its Northern entrance sits the Pontypool museum which tells the area’s historical stories through crafts, geology, archaeology, history and art. There’s also a shop and they hold workshops and temporary exhibitions, even hosting an extensive programme of events throughout the year. There’s even a stone circle in the park – unusually, a modern one, built in the 1920s to commemorate the town holding the Eisteddfod.Pontypool RailwayPontypool RailwayPontypool and Blaenavon RailwayThis heritage railway is great for a family day out – it runs from Furnace Sidings, Garn Lakes to Blaenavon, near the Big Pit Mining Museum. There’s a tea room at Furnace Sidings and a shop at Blaenavon. Do check their website for more information.Pontypool and Blaenavon RailwayPontypool isn’t far from Raglan Castle (on the way to Monmouth), Newport Castle, Abergavenny’s White Castle and nearby moat, and there’s also lots to do at Blaenavon’s ironworks, railway and museum. This area is steeped in fascinating industrial as well as ancient history.Pontypool, the movieIn 2009, a psychological zombie thriller called Pontypool was made, some filmed on location in Pontypool…. Why not watch the film then go location spotting!?How to get to PontypoolPontypool is just South of the M4 at Newport, making it accessible to the rest of the UK’s motorway network. Situated at the point where the A4042 and the A472 cross, the town is easily accessible, and its proximity to the M4 makes travel to the Western part of South Wales (or across the Severn estuary towards Bristol) very straightforward. For those who prefer not to drive, it’s worth knowing that the town has a railway station, though this is unmanned.Where to stayWe offer the visitor to Pontypool some wonderful properties in the local area – cottages and hotels in the main. Many are pet friendly, and some even offer tennis courts, stabling and grazing for horses, so why not stay with us during your holiday in South Wales, the Brecon Beacons and the South Wales Coast? Do look through our listings below.

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