Face Fit Testing

Face Fit Testing

Many jobs that we carry out in the workplace, as well as many products, produce dusts, fumes and vapours that are harmful to the human body.

Face Fit Testing in the UK

In the UK, the safety of workers who are exposed to airborne hazards is of paramount importance. Face fit testing is a critical component of workplace safety, ensuring that tight-fitting Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) provides adequate protection to the wearer.

Legal Requirements for Face Fit Testing:

Face fit testing is a legal requirement under various UK regulations for anyone who wears a tight-fitting mask for work. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations, the Control of Lead at Work (CLaW) Regulations, and the Control of Asbestos Regulations mandate that PPE must be “suitable” for its intended purpose and adequately protect the wearer from airborne hazards.

The testing process must be documented, and records should be kept for at least five years. The individual conducting the testing must be a “Competent Person”.

Why is Face Fit Testing Required:

Face fit testing is essential for several reasons:

  • It ensures that workers are properly protected from hazardous substances in the workplace.
  • It reduces the risk of respiratory illnesses and other health problems associated with exposure to hazardous substances.
  • It helps employers comply with legal obligations and regulations.
  • It provides workers with confidence in the effectiveness of their RPE.
  • It checks whether a person’s mask fits their face shape and size, achieving a seal to prevent dangerous particles from being inhaled.

The Importance of a Proper Fit:

A proper fit is crucial for the effectiveness of RPE. A poor fit can lead to leaks, rendering the equipment ineffective and exposing the wearer to harmful substances. Fir testing ensures that the selected RPE is suitable for the wearer and that a good seal is achieved against the face. It is also important to note that facial hair can significantly affect the fit and seal of the mask.

What can Arion do for you:

Arion Training and Development, along with our sister company Arion Shop, offers a comprehensive solution for your RPE needs. Our skilled face fit testers are dedicated to ensuring that your employees are well-protected against workplace hazards by providing top-notch face fit testing services. We adhere strictly to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines, offering peace of mind that your legal obligations for employee safety are met. Additionally, Arion Shop provides a wide range of RPE options to suit various workplace requirements, ensuring that you have access to quality equipment for optimal protection. - Visit Here

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