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 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 »