The approved code of practice for the Control of asbestos regulations 2012 recommend face fit testing of all respiratory protective equipment.
The performance of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) with a tight-fitting face piece depends on a good contact between the wearers skin and the face seal of the mask, according to The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, 2002.
The COSHH Approved Code of Practice says that employers should ensure that the selected face piece is of the right size and can correctly fit each wearer.
For a tight-fitting face piece, the initial selection should include fit testing to ensure the wearer has the most suitable respirator.
Also, employers must ensure that whoever carries out the fit testing is competent to do so.
We have over 15 years of experience of working with asbestos and have been performed face fit testing for over 1000 individuals in the last 3 years.
When is face fit testing needed?
Face fit testing is required where RPE is used as a safety measure. Face fit testing should be repeated if the wearer:
Loses or gains enough weight to change the shape of their face
Undergoes substantial dental work
Develops any facial scars or moles, etc, which could affect the fit of the RPE.
Once a user has passed a face fit test for a particular face piece, they can wear other face pieces of the same make, model, type and size.
However, if they need to use a different make, model, type of size then that face piece will also need to be face fit tested.
Re-testing is recommended to check that the face piece remains suitable and that the wearer is taking care to wear and remove the mask correctly.
A one year retest is suggested for work with asbestos.
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