Nichol Associates

Nichol Associates

Head Office: 0191 438 5432 Training Centre: 0191 469 1661

Face Fit and Mask Testing Services

Where respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is used as a control measure under Health and Safety Legislation, it is vital that the selected RPE is adequate and suitable. RPE must reduce exposure to as low as reasonably practicable, and in any case to an acceptable level (e.g. below any applicable Workplace Exposure Limits or Control Limits). To ensure that the selected RPE has the potential to provide adequate protection for individual wearers, the ACoPs supporting COSHH, CAR and CLAW stipulate that tight-fitting RPE must be fit tested as part of the selection process. This will help to ensure that inadequately fitting facepieces are not selected for use. Ill-fitting facepieces can create inward leakages of airborne contaminants.

Note: A tight-fitting facepiece is a full face mask, a half mask, or a filtering facepiece (commonly referred to as a disposable mask). The performance of these types of facepieces, irrespective of whether they are used in negative pressure respirators, power assisted respirators or compressed air supplied breathing apparatus, relies heavily on the quality of fit of the facepiece to the wearer’s face. An inadequate fit will significantly reduce the protection provided to the wearer. The presence of facial hair in the region of the faceseal will significantly reduce the protection provided.

 

Nichol Associates is accredited by ‘Fit 2 Fit’ and can provide Face fitting and Mask Testing services by appointment at our centre in Hebburn.

Please call 0191 469 1661 to arrange an appointment for Face Fitting Services.

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