Work activities may result is harmful substances contaminating the air in the form of dust, mist, gas or fume. Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is designed to protect the wearer from these hazards.
RPE must be
- adequate – it is right for the hazard and reduces exposure to the level required to protect the wearer’s health
- suitable – it is right for the wearer, task and environment, such that the wearer can work freely and without additional risks due to the RPE
Where Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is used, it must be able to provide adequate protection for individual wearers. RPE can’t 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 particular type or size of RPE facepiece will fit everyone. Fit testing will ensure that the equipment selected is suitable for the wearer.
An HSE Inspector will deem RPE unsuitable if the wearer has not been fit tested and you could be liable for Fee For Intervention (fine), prosecution or a become liable in a claim for occupational ill health.
The person carrying out the fit tested must be competent and qualified.
We are qualified Fit2Fit testers and can visit your workplace and test all your staff. Contact us now for more information.