Quantitative face fit testing is designed to protect workers from harmful chemicals and dust.
Due to the coronavirus we have had to make significant changes in how we conduct face fit testing on site at our customers premises.
Further to conducting face fit testing for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic and following guidance from the Health and Safety Executive the following measures will help us to minimise the risk of contamination whilst still delivering the highest quality service.
We will no longer be delivering a toolbox talk to so we can minimise social contact.
Anybody who wears Respiratory Protective Equipment (even disposable masks) requires training, the responsibility for this is the employers.
To help you meet your legal obligations on training we will provide you with access to an online webinar which needs to be watched by everybody who requires a face fit test and particular attention should be paid to the donning and doffing procedures.
Prior to the testing taking place the donning and doffing procedures should be practiced until the wearer is confident in doing it.
Only a maximum of 1 person to be in the room with the face fit tester at any time.
The room provided has to be large enough for the tester plus 1 person to allow for social distancing and to allow for the setting up of the equipment.
The room requires natural ventilation and access to clean drinking water is also required.
Attendees will always be expected to practice safe social distancing during the testing session.
Where social distancing cannot be maintained due to the needs of the job then face coverings (masks) will be used to minimise the risk and will be done for the shortest amount of time possible.
All masks for your staff need to be supplied by you our testers will bring their own masks and gloves with them.
We use the TSI Portacount which is the only fit tester that can quantitatively test all types of respirators.
Quantitative face fit tests are suitable for disposable half masks, re-usable half masks, gas masks, self-contained breathing apparatus, full mask respirators etc. All our testers are fit2fit accredited.
The quantitative test involves the candidate wearing a respirator of the make, model and size that they are to use in the workplace, and this is connected to a test machine that counts the particulate in the test room and the particulate within the respirator and calculates, from this information, a fit-factor.
Want to learn to conduct your own quantitative face fit tests? Visit our quantitative train the tester page here.