Quantitative Face Fit Testing Training – PortaCount (APC Method)

During our quantitative face fit testing training, we will teach you how to carry out quantitative face fit testing using the Ambient Particle Counting (APC) method using the TSI PortaCount machine.

Our Competent TSI PortaCount Fit Test Operator Training is a full day course. The quantitative face fit testing training is aimed at those who require an in-depth knowledge of Face Fit Testing using the TSI PortaCount. To ensure we cover current legislation not only does our course cover the Competent Fit Test Operator criteria set out in INDG 479 but, also includes many additional practical elements including troubleshooting, how to plan and manage a fit test program and in addition to this, an advanced practical session.

This course is conducted on your site for a maximum of 4 trainees and is delivered by one of our competent instructors who are also fit2fit accredited for quantitative face fit testing.

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Quantitative Fit Testing

Quantitative face fit testing will provide a numerical measure of the RPE’s effectiveness. This is known as a fit factor.

These tests give an objective measure of the face fit, something not offered with a qualitative test.

Quantitative testing requires specialised equipment such as the Portacount. They are more complicated to carry out than qualitative tests, however this type of test is required for all full face mask respirators. A qualitative test can only be used on half mask respirators.

The TSI Portacount is an ambient particle counting device. It works by measuring the number of particles that leak into the mask, comparing this with the particle number challenging it. This is done while the wearer carries out a number of exercises.

Course Content

Newly revised information relating to Face Fit Testing includes document INDG 479 which states that Face Fit Testing should only be conducted by a trained ‘Competent Person’. For example, competency includes knowledge of the theoretical aspects of Fit Testing, RPE and methodology as well as skills in practical Face Fit Testing.

Most importantly a ‘competent person’ should have sufficient experience of Face Fit Testing using a variety of different makes and models of RPE. Our Quantitative Face Fit Test Operator Training course is a full-day course aimed at those who have responsibility to manage or conduct Fit Testing in the workplace.

  • Background to Face Fit Testing
  • Legislation and Guidance, INDG 479, HSG53 etc.
  • Installation and Operation of Equipment
  • Sampling from the Facepiece
  • Fit Test Protocols and Pass Levels
  • Set-up and Running Procedures
  • Practical face fit testing
  • Troubleshooting & Problem Solving
  • Fit Test Failures and Re-Tests
  • Planning & Managing a Fit Testing Program
  • Data Handling and Storage

Who Should Attend Our Course?

This course is for anyone who wishes to conduct face fit testing using the quantitative method on the full range of tight fitting RPE i.e. full face mask, half face reusable mask, SCBA, disposable masks etc.

In order to conduct quantitative face fit testing you must have access to a PortaCount machine which cost thousands of pounds to purchase.

If you are only wanting to test reusable half masks and disposable masks then the qualitative taste test may be more cost effective and appropriate to your needs.

Training Requirements

This 1 day training course will be conducted by a competent fit2fit accredited assessor. The face fit training can be carried out on any site that has suitable facilities (power, seating, toilets, clean water etc.) in the UK for a maximum of 4 trainees (to maximise practical experience).

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