Face Fit Testing

Importance Of Face Fit Testing In The Workplace

Face Fit Testing is recognised by the Health & Surveillance Executive (HSE) as the only means of ensuring that employees have adequate protection through the use of properly-fitted respiratory protective equipment (RPE). Having face fit masks properly fitted is essential as your employees could be exposed to harmful chemicals, fumes and dust if leaks are present in masks, and other safety equipment. Simply having the equipment isn’t enough – it needs to be fit for purpose with hse face fit testing to ensure complete protection for your workforce.

The DB Occupational Health team can offer advice, assessments of work environments and compliant Face Fit Testing services for businesses and companies throughout the Midlands. There isn’t a one size fits all approach for RPE facepieces; it’s not just crucial that equipment is suitable for the wearer, it’s a legal requirement as the final line of defence against harmful substances in the workplace. Ensure you are complying with the law by arranging an assessment with us today.

Our qualified team have undergone extensive Face Fit Testing Training in the HSE laboratories in Buxton. That means that we know what is required when it comes to workplace safety in hazardous environments, and we know how to keep both your staff and business protected.

What Types Of Masks Require Face Fit Testing?

  • Powered respirators
  • Full face masks
  • Escape set masks
  • Full breathing apparatus masks
  • Filtering facepieces (disposable masks)
  • Half Masks

How Often Should Face Fit Testing Be Taken Out?

Naturally, the most effective time to carry out face fit testing is during the initial selection stage, so that you can ensure the user is given an adequate choice of RPE masks and models, though it is important to ensure that you carry out regular testing on all safety equipment to safeguard your employees in the workplace. To arrange your regular face fit testing sessions, contact our fully qualified team today.

It’s Important To Re-Test If Any Of Your Employees:

  • Has any significant weight changes
  • Undergoes significant dental work
  • Develops facial changes that affect the fitting of the mask
  • New chemicals are introduced into the workplace
  • Workplace environments change
  • Workplace practices or equipment change

If any of the above is true for your employees, it is vital you get them re-tested as soon as possible to ensure their safety and your compliance with the law. Contact us today to keep your employees and your business safe.

Facial Hair

Facial hair poses an issue in Face Fit Testing – in order for face fit dust masks to create an effective seal to the face, the user must be cleanly shaven. Any stubble, beards or facial hair compromises the seal – and loose fitting RPE puts the wearer at risk of breathing in harmful chemicals. Therefore, it is important to ensure Face Fit Testing is only carried out on those who are cleanly shaven; they should remain cleanly shaven at any time they wear the mask going forward. If you have any questions regarding how facial hair will affect your employee’s safety make sure to contact us.

Faulty Respiratory Protection Equipment Discovery

We recently worked with an organisation, carrying out face fit testing on their respiratory protective equipment (RPE), which had been in use by employees working on car bodywork. Find out how we helped this company in our case study.

Get in touch and see how DB Occupational Health can help your business safeguard from harmful environments today.

How David Barber Occupational Health Can Help

We can help ensure that you remain fully compliant with all workplace and governmental laws that surround keeping employees safe in the workplace, whilst getting you the equipment you require. Contact us to discuss your requirements and we’ll help ensure your workforce remains protected from harmful dust and fumes whilst working.

Online Management System

One of the many benefits we offer at David Barber Occupational Health is the use of our online management system. You will be able to access your reports from our various services and tests for each of your employees. The online system we use ensures all of your data is secured, only accessible to you via a unique login and has ISO accredited security standards. Find out more about our client system by emailing us.

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