Face Fit Testing is a method used for checking that a tight fitting mask matches the persons facial features and seals adequately to the wearer's face.
The face fit testing helps to ensure that poorly fitting masks are not selected for use. It also helps the user to see how a correctly fitted facemask is important, as an inadequate fit will significantly reduce the protection provided to the wearer.
If a fit test is not performed, then an unsatisfactory seal/barrier may unknowingly exist. This could allow excessive leakage of airborne contaminants into the wearer’s breathing zone, even though the user is wearing a respirator correctly selected for the application.
The requirements for Face Fit Testing are described in the Approved Code of Practices (ACoPs) supporting:
The Control of Lead at Work Regulations
The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations
The face fitting test is aimed at workers who cut Silica based products with a disc cutter example: kerbs, slabs, bricks, blocks , roof tiles or chase out walls.
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