Qualitative Face Fit Testing Training

Qualitative Face Fit Testing Training

10

Maximum Delegates

Yes

Certificate Included

All

Skill Level

4:00hs

Approximate Time

1 Year

Certificate Length

£750.00*

Price

Qualitative Face Fit Testing Training

Course Overview

Qualitative Face Fit Testing Training follows the latest HSE Regulations and is designed to help you select suitable RPE for your team and teach you how to conduct qualitative face fit tests.

Qualitative Face Fit Testing Training is designed to help you select suitable RPE for your team and to conduct face fit tests yourself.

We use an audio and visual presentation and training can count towards your CPD. You will be issued with a course certificate after the successful completion of your training.

Qualitative Face Fit Testing Training includes:

  • maintenance of RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment)
  • qualitative face fit testing including the taste test
  • selection and correct use of tight fitting RPE / masks

and could be required by the following:

  • building maintenance managers
  • chemical plant workers
  • chimney repairs
  • cleaners
  • construction workers
  • electricians
  • joiners
  • laboratory technicians
  • specialist contractors
  • telecommunications workers
  • tree surgeons

Prerequisites

Delegates attending this course should be 18+ years and be physically and mentally fit to withstand the rigours of training.

The content of this course includes awareness of periodic examinations of equipment.

What the HSE say:

Introduction

Where respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is used, it must be able to provide adequate protection for individual wearers. RPE cannot protect the wearer if it leaks. A major cause of leaks is poor fit – tight-fitting facepieces need to fit the wearer’s face to be effective.

As people come in all sorts of shapes and sizes it is unlikely that one type or size of RPE facepiece will fit everyone. Fit testing will ensure that the equipment selected is suitable for the wearer.

What you need to do

The best time to do fit testing is at the initial selection stage, when individual users can be given a choice of adequate models of RPE. You should ensure that the make, model, type, and size of facepiece that they wore when they had their successful fit test is made available for their use. If an employee wears more than one type of tight-fitting facepiece, then each type of facepiece should be fit tested.

How to do it

RPE fit testing should be conducted by a competent person – you should take steps to ensure that person who carries out the fit test is appropriately trained, qualified and experienced, and is provided with appropriate information to undertake each task. 

A note on facial hair

Many masks rely on a good seal against the face so that, when you breathe air in, it is drawn into the filter material where the air is cleaned. If there are any gaps around the edges of the mask, ‘dirty’ air will pass through these gaps and into your lungs. It is therefore especially important that you put your mask on correctly and check for a good fit every time.

Facial hair – stubble and beards – make it impossible to get a good seal of the mask to the face.

If you are clean-shaven when wearing tight-fitting masks (i.e. those which rely on a good seal to the face), this will help prevent leakage of contaminated air around the edges of the mask and into your lungs. You will therefore be breathing in clean air, which will help you stay healthy.

If there are good reasons for having a beard (e.g. for religious reasons), alternative forms of RPE, that do not rely on a tight fit to the face, are available.

Get a quotation

Call us on 0800 772 0812 or fill out the form below and we will be happy to send you a written quotation.

*The price shown is based on the maximum delegates attending. Prices are subject to change based upon your group size, location, and time or day that you require the training.