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By being trained to test the fit of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE), it provides you with the skill and qualifications to ensure all your employees are not exposed to dangerous chemicals, and help your company to comply with the law. Recent research suggests that up to half of RPE equipment does not give the protection it should because it simply does not fit.
You are advised to bring your own mask to the session. However, if you have not yet been supplied with one then they are available to purchase from us. Please order before the appointment so we can ensure we have sufficient stock.
About the Course
The course will be conducted by a Fit2fit accredited assessor and will last half a day.
The course will include:
Face Fit Testing – what it is and why it is needed
Legislation, Operational Circular and HSG’s (Overview)
Respiratory System and Associated Illnesses
Introduction To RPE: FFP, Half Face Mask and Canisters
Qualitative FIT Testing
Inspection and Fitting RPE
Face Fit Test: carry out a sensitivity and fit test.
You must be clean shaven and if you wear prescription glasses you must bring them with you on the course. As well as this, you must not eat, drink or chew 15 minutes prior to the face fit testing.
Why is Face Fit Testing needed?
People come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. It is unlikely that one type, or size of RPE facepiece, will fit everyone. For this reason, manufacturers offer different size and shape facepieces such as masks, visors and hoods. The performance of tight-fitting facepieces depends on achieving a good contact between the wearer’s skin and the face seal of the facepiece. A poor fit will significantly reduce the protection the RPE can provide you.
Any reduction in protection can put your life in danger or may lead to immediate or long-term ill health.
It is useful to check that you can put on your RPE correctly. Correct fitting of the facepiece is always vital to prevent exposure.
Many masks rely on a good seal against the face so that, when you breathe air in, it is drawn into the filter material where the air is cleaned. If there are any gaps around the edges of the mask, ‘dirty’ air will pass through these gaps and into your lungs. It is therefore very important that you put your mask on correctly and check for a good fit every time.
Facial hair – stubble and beards – make it impossible to get a good seal of the mask to the face.
If you are clean-shaven when wearing tight-fitting masks (i.e. those which rely on a good seal to the face), this will help prevent leakage of contaminated air around the edges of the mask and into your lungs. You will therefore be breathing in clean air, which will help you stay healthy.