We offer face fit testing, delivered by a team of qualified and highly experienced face fit testers. Under the COSHH Regulations, all employers have a duty to provide face fit testing for their employees, who are required to use Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE). Face fit testing is a method for checking that a tight fitting face piece matches the persons’ facial features and seals adequately to the wearer’s face. At MRS we utilise the Quantative method of fit testing to provide the highest level of protection and confidence to your employees.
RPE Fit Testing
RPE is utilised frequently in industry to provide protection to those who work in hazardous environments or with hazardous substances. RPE is able to provide a variety of methods of protection. All, in one way or another, supply air to the nose and mouth area of the head. Research has shown that almost half of the RPE in use does not provide the wearer with the anticipated level of protection required for the task to be carried out, simply because it does not fit the wearer correctly. It is pointless spending a considerable amount of money providing essential protection, identified by a detailed risk assessment, for your workforce only for it to be partially or even wholly ineffective due to a poor fit. This can significantly increase the risk of those using the RPE.
Where RPE is used, it must be able to provide adequate protection for individual wearers. RPE will not protect the wearer if it leaks. A major cause of leaks is poor fit – tight-fitting face pieces must fit the wearer’s face to be effective.
As people come in all sorts of shapes and sizes it is unlikely that one particular type or size of RPE face piece will fit everyone. Fit testing will ensure that the equipment selected is suitable for the wearer.
What you need to do
The best time to do fit testing is at the initial selection stage, when individual users can be given a choice of adequate models of RPE. You should ensure that the make, model, type and size of face piece that they wore when they had their successful fit test are made available for their use. If an employee wears more than one type of tight-fitting face piece, then each type of face piece should be fit tested.
How to do it
RPE fit testing should be conducted by a competent person - you should take steps to ensure that person who carries out the fit test is appropriately trained, qualified and experienced, and is provided with appropriate information to undertake each particular task.