Did you know that beards, stubble and facial hair of any kind can interfere with your tight-fitting RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment)?
“The presence of facial hair in the region of the faceseal will significantly reduce the protection provided” – Health and Safety Executive, OC282/28
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Summer is officially upon us, and this year it’s been a scorcher...
But when is hot too hot?
Exhaustion, rash, sunstroke and heat stress are serious problems for everybody this summer, let alone those of us who are required to be outside all day as part of our job. So here are a few things to look out for in the heat, and a couple of suggestions on how to cope.Read more »
The new AVIVA is the latest innovation in half mask technology now available from the RPE Experts. Its low-profile head harness offers greater stability and compatibility with safety helmets and eye protection, workers will relish the comfort that comes from the AVIVA half mask.
The cutting-edge half mask, which is silicone-free but designed with silicone-like comfort, features novel design elements. AVIVA offers a hybrid reflex seal which allows the wearer added movement and flexibility, a positive fit check button that is built into the device guaranteeing a secure fit of the half mask. Enhanced voice intelligibility enables the wearer to be clearly heard by those around ensuring clear lines of communication.Read more »
If you wear a tight fitting respirator mask it is essential that you are fit tested to confirm that the facepiece fits you correctly and is giving you the protection you need. Your respirator mask cannot protect you if it leaks and the major cause of leaks is a poor fitting mask. This is the reason why face fit testing for tight fitting respiratory protection (RPE) is a legal requirement?
‘Research in the UK has shown that up to half of the RPE currently in use does not provide the wearer with the level of protection expected. One of the major reasons for this is that it simply does not fit.’ Alan Murray, chief executive of the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF)
People come in all sorts of shapes and sizes so it is unlikely that one particular type or size of respiratory protective equipment RPE will fit everyone so fit testing is conducted to ensure that respirator selected is suitable for the wearer
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Full Support Industrial is committed to offering first class training, consultancy services, advice and solutions, to minimise the risk of lung disease by ensuring the adequate and suitable Respiratory Protective Equipment is selected by all of our customers. We are proud to support the Breathe Freely campaign aimed at raising awareness of the causes of lung disease amongst construction workers.
HSE statistics show that Asbestos still kills around 5000 workers each year, around 20 tradesmen die each week as a result of past exposure to Asbestos. Asbestos is still a problem today – it can be present in buildings constructed or refurbished up to the year 2000 (houses, factories, offices, schools, hospitals etc.) so it is vital that you take the correct precautions to protect yourself.Read more »
Full Support have been supplying the NHS with Respiratory protection for over a decade and now supply nearly 90% of the NHS Hospitals in the UK. For the past 2 years we have been bringing our expertise to the industrial sector and have realised that there is a vast and increasing need for fit testing locally.
Many people who wear a tight fitting respirator masks for work are unaware that fit testing is a legal requirement. Wearing a poorly fitting mask can have long term consequences with long term health issues or even life threatening illnesses. As the Health & Safety Executive tightens up on companies to ensure fit testing is taking place, Full Support opens a new local much needed fit testing service in Northamptonshire.Read more »