In situations whereby adequate control of exposure to airborne substances cannot be achieved in line with Approved Codes of Practice (ACoPs) supporting the COSHH Regulations 2002, the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 (CLAW), Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (CAR) and lonising Radiation Regulations 1999 employers must provide suitable respiratory protection equipment.
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 eeuk RPE Face Fit Test involves:
- 7 exercises in accordance with the Health and Safety Executive (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 with the member
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