Face Fit Training
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What is Face Fit Training
Safewell’s Face Fit training provides your employees with the skills to be able to correctly fit, clean and maintain their RPE. We also tailor the training to be relevant to your company and the COSHH guidelines that you use. We will cover the importance of being clean-shaven, storing your mask correctly and the potential impact on your health if you are exposed to a respiratory irritant without the correct RPE protection. In many fields of work, i.e. construction, pharmaceuticals and related trades, there are lots of things that can be bad for our health if not properly controlled. The training session Safewell provides is all about protecting your health at work. Once the training is completed, we will then continue to do the Face Fit testing if required.
Face Fit Testing
Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH), employees who wear tight-fitting facepieces (masks to protect them from dusts, solvents, etc.) are required to have a face fit test to ensure the facepiece/mask matches the employee’s facial features and will provide an adequate seal to protect the wearer. Tight-fitting facepieces, dust masks, solvent masks, face masks, RPE and respiratory protective equipment are all terms for the same thing – a mask used to reduce the airborne hazards entering the lungs. A Face fit test is only required for masks with a tight face seal. Click here for more information.
It is a legal requirement that workers using tight-fitting respiratory protective equipment (facepieces/masks) must be fit tested by a competent person. This requirement is detailed in COSHH regulations.
Correctly fitted RPE
Are you sure that the RPE you provide to your employees fits them properly? Are you sure the face fit test was carried out competently? You ought to be, because the health of your employees could be at serious risk.
Face Fitting Guidance
Research indicates that a significant amount of the RPE in use does not offer the user the expected level of protection because it does not fit. In April 2019, the HSE published its latest guidelines on face fitting HSE INDG 479. Fit2Fit published 3 method-specific companions to support the HSE guidance. Download here.