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17th July 2020
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AW Safety Management FACE FIT CLINIC
What is Fit Testing?
Fit Testing is a method for checking that a tight fitting facepiece matches an individual’s facial features and can provide an adequate seal to the wearer’s face.
What is the reason for Fit Testing?
The performance of tight-fitting facepieces depends on achieving a good contact between the wearer’s skin and the face seal of the facepiece. 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. Inadequate fit will significantly reduce the protection provided to the wearer. Any reduction in protection can put the RPE wearer’s life in danger or may lead to immediate or long-term ill health.
What are the legal requirements for Fit Testing?
The COSHH Regulations reg.7(1), The CLAW Regulations reg.6(1), The CAW Regulations reg.10(1)(a) place the duty on the employer to prevent the exposure of their employees to hazardous substances; where prevention of exposure is not reasonably practicable, the employer must reduce it to the lowest concentration reasonably practicable by means other than the use of RPE.
If, despite the use of suitable control measures (i.e. other than RPE) adequate control of exposure cannot be achieved, employers must provide suitable RPE (COSHH Regulations reg.7(3)(c), CLAW Regulations reg.6(3)(c), CAW Regulations reg.10(4)). The RPE provided must reduce the exposure to a concentration that is as low as reasonably practicable, and in any case below any applicable exposure or control limits.
When is a repeat Fit Test required?
The new INDG479 fit testing guidance document states that employers should have a system in place to review when a repeat fit test is required. In support of this requirement, AW Safety Management recommends that a suitable interval for repeat fit testing is 2 years.
A repeat Fit Test will also be required if the wearer:
a) loses or gains weight;
b) undergoes any substantial dental work;
c) develops any facial changes (scars, moles, etc) around the face seal area.