Qualitative Face-Fit Testing In Redditch

On Site Face Fit Testing In Redditch

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

Redditch 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 Redditch 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 Redditch

Redditch is set within the beautiful county of Worcestershire and at the heart of the British motorway network.Fast and easy connections to the rest of the country come via the M42 junctions just five miles from the town and Birmingham, England’s second city, is just 14 miles away and linked by rail. Birmingham International Airport is less than 30 minutes’ drive away.Designated a New Town in 1964, Redditch has successfully mixed the old with the new. The modern Kingfisher Shopping Centre is among the top ten shopping centres in the country while Redditch’s world renowned needle making industry is celebrated and preserved through the Forge Mill Needle Museum, with the remains of the 12th century monastic Bordesley Abbey nearby.The award-winning Arrow Valley Country Park and sailing lake can be found a short distance from the town centre. Yet nearby are the international headquarters of GKN and Halfords head office.This compact borough of 54 square miles and over 80,000 people is surrounded by pleasant countryside and places of great historic interest – Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s birthplace, Warwick Castle, the Malvern Hills and the Cotswolds are all within easy reach.While in Redditch there are a staggering five million trees, with an enviable amount of green space and landscaping for such a significant urban population.As a new town with a younger than average population, leisure facilities are a key priority and include a municipal golf course, sports centres, numerous clubs and societies, and the renowned Edwardian and modernised Palace Theatre.Redditch is the birthplace of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham and in 2007 Redditch’s then MP, Jacqui Smith, became Britain’s first female Home Secretary.

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