Respirator Face Fit Testing
Fit2Fit Accredited Provider in Cheshire and the North West
Why Choose Us?
Face Fit Testing Specialists
Welcome to RPE Face Fit Solutions Ltd
Estimates suggest that thousands die each year as a result of exposure at some point in their working lives to hazardous substances; asbestos being a prime example. A high percentage of this annual loss could be averted by the correct selection and use of Respiratory Protective Equipment. Individual Face Fit testing is now a required part of that process.
Under legislation face fit testing must be carried out on all tight fitting face pieces if:
- Fit testing has not previously been completed
- The employee shows substantial weight gain or loss
- The employee has severe dental treatment
- The employee has had scarring which may affect the seal
- The brand/type of RPE has been changed
Face Fit testing ensures that an adequate seal can be formed between the face seal of the chosen respirator and the wearer's face. After conducting a workplace assessment, it is no longer enough to supply a respirator which meets a particular standard. It is the employer’s duty to ensure that an employee can obtain an effective face seal with the chosen RPE. No two faces are the same and therefore, despite advances in respiratory technology, one tight fitting respirator will not fit everyone. Face Fit testing as part of the Respirator selection process saves time, money and is an investment in the safety and wellbeing of the workforce.
If you wear any of these types of Respirator you need to be face fit tested: Full Face Piece (inc SCBA and airline), Half Masks and Filtering Face pieces (disposables).
Under the Approved Codes of Practice supporting, COSHH, CLAW , CAW and IRR, employers are required to reduce exposure to hazardous substances by as much as is "reasonably practical"'. This
includes the options of engineering out, LEV, exclusion, isolation, substitution and only when all other measures have been eliminated should RPE be selected. The COSHH Regulations demand that the RPE should be suitable for the purpose and should “reduce exposure to hazardous substances by as much as is reasonably practical”. As part of these regulations faec fit testing is required. The methods and protocols are outlined in HSE Document 282/28: Fit testing of Respiratory Protective Equipment Face pieces.