Under the COSHH 2002 Regulations, employers have a duty to provide face fit testing for their employees. Face fit testing is a method for checking that a tight-fitting facepiece matches the person`s facial features and seals adequately to the wearer`s face.
A face fit test is designed to ensure that any respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is providing proper protection to the wearer. ABP Associates provide face fit testing to cover selection, wearing, care and maintenance of half masks and filtering facepieces.
The training is specific to each delegate and includes:
How to check the mask is working properly before use
How to identify worn or broken parts
How to check the mask still fits
Limitations of the mask to be used
Asbestos fibres can cause lung cancer and lung diseases so all RPE must give the wearer proper protection. When selecting a mask to be used for work with asbestos it is important that P3 filters are used. When coupled with a tight-fitting facepiece this gives a protection factor of 20.
Delegates are welcome to bring their own masks with them if they prefer.
When a mask fit for the job has been chosen, we will run through a series of short tests. These are designed to demonstrate that the mask gives protection and fits the wearer’s face.
The tests are easy to perform, and the effectiveness is judged on a taste test. Whilst the test is qualitative (the mask works or it doesn’t; no in-between), the results are clear.
At ABP we can only provide face fit tests for half-face (orinasal) masks. These masks can usually be worn with glasses over the top without discomfort.
Please note that in order for the face fit tests to work, the trainee MUST NOT eat, drink or smoke for at least an hour before the test is performed. They must also be clean-shaven as stubble will prevent a good seal and the face fit test will fail.
PLEASE CONTACT US TO ARRANGE FACE FITTING, MOST DATES & TIMES WILL BE AVAILABLE.