If you work in an industry that requires you to wear Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE) then you should be aware of the importance of Fit Testing!
Although Fit Testing has been in use for some years it is estimated that one in two RPE used does not offer the wearer the correct level of protection simply because it doesn’t fit, which is why the importance of fit testing has never been greater.
In today’s day and age your employees’ safety is paramount therefore it is vital you complete regular Fit Testing to ensure the RPE being used provides adequate safety during use. Failing to do so could cause severe injury to an employee and also land your company in hot water.
Available in a variety of shapes, sizes and models regulations require RPE to be correctly selected along with a Fit Test, conducted by a trained professional, completed for each of your employees who will be donning the RPE!
To comply with all the latest RPE regulations it’s important you keep track of and document every Fit Test you have conducted. Covering your tracks, you wont put your business at risk of not complying with the correct regulations.
Once a Fit Test has been completed it is up to you and your employees to ensure the RPE being used is still safe to use. Conducting regular safety and maintenance checks you’ll be able to regularly check if the RPE you’re using is up to the job. Allowing you to rest assured that you’re providing your employees with the relevant safety equipment.
Types of Fit Test
There are two types of Fit Tests, Qualitative and Quantitative, the RPE you use will determine which Fit Test is conducted.
A Qualitative fit test is a pass/fail test that relies on the user’s response to a controlled test agent and is used for testing Filter Face Pieces and Half Masks. Used for all other facemasks, a Quantitative fit test measures the competence of a respirator’s fit by measuring the amount of leakage into the respirator.
Here at One Stop Training we have trained experts in both types of Fit Tests.
How often do they need to be completed?
Fit Tests don’t have to be conducted annually but it is advised they are done whenever a new piece of equipment is used or new employees are using them! Similarly a Fit Test should be conducted if your business alters its RPE policies.
For more information on Fit Testing and the courses we offer then feel free to give us a call on 0808 1686788.