Face Fit Testing
- Who Attends
The COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations state that the initial selection process for all tight-fitting facepieces should include face-fit testing to ensure the wearer has a correctly fitting device. Face Fit Testing is also required under the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations and the Control of Lead at Work Regulations.
- The Aim
The individual will be shown how to fit the face piece appropriately.
- Course Content
The process consists of an RPE wearer carrying out a series of light exercises whilst undergoing either quantitative or qualitative fit testing by a trained face fit testing operator.
Quantitative face fit testing is suitable for all tight fitting masks. This test uses a Portacount Respirator Fit Testing Machine which uses a particle counting method. Quantitative tests provide an objective assessment of facial fit and provide a direct numerical result called a Fit Factor.
Qualitative face fit testing is suitable for half masks but not full face masks.
It is unlikely that one particular type or size of RPE facepiece will fit everyone. Fit testing will ensure that the equipment selected is suitable for the wearer
This process consists of a simple pass/fail test based on the wearer’s assessment of face seal leakage using their smell/taste of a test agent.
- Additional Info
Face Fit Testing is a method of ensuring that tight fitting respirators are compatible with an individual’s facial features and that it can provide an adequate seal to the wearer’s face.
Duration: ½ Hour per face fit
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