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Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE) - Face Fit Testing

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In situations where adequate control of exposure to airborne substances cannot be achieved in line with Approved Codes of Practice (ACoPs) supporting the COSHH Regulations, the Control of Lead at Work Regulations (CLAW), Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) and Ionising Radiation Regulations, employers must provide suitable respiratory protection equipment (RPE).

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.

The ACoPs supporting the Regulations recommend that the initial selection of tight-fitting face pieces should include a fit test. This is to ensure that the selected RPE has the potential to provide adequate protection for the wearer.

A RPE Face Fit Test involves:

  • 7 exercises in accordance with HSE guidelines which aim to take typical body movements and tasks into consideration and takes around 30 minutes to complete
  • Each employee is given a pass or fail result
  • In the event of a failed fit test, a second test using a different model and/or size of RPE will be discussed
For more information please contact:
Meeka Walwyn-Lewis
Meeka Walwyn-Lewis
Specialist Services & Communities of Interest Manager
01924 203335
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