RPE FIT TESTING
In situations whereby adequate control of exposure to airborne substances cannot be achieved in full by engineering and technical means reliance may be put on the use of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) as a primary or supportive secondary measure by the employer.
The RPE provided must reduce the exposure to a concentration that is as low as reasonably practicable and, in all instances, below any applicable workplace exposure limit. The Approved Codes of Practice supporting the COSHH, Control of Lead at Work and Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations recommend that the initial selection of tight-fitting facepieces must include a suitable and sufficient Fit Test. This is to ensure that the selected RPE is capable of providing adequate protection for the wearer.
Each RPE Fit Test requires the wearer to don the chosen respirator whilst undertaking seven exercises in accordance with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines that aim to take typical body movements and tasks into consideration. There are a number of test methods available which determine the adequacy of the chosen respirator either by qualitative or quantitative means.
Workplace Scientifics Ltd can support you in the set up of your RPE Programme including the selection of suitable RPE, the undertaking of Fit Testing as well as the auditing, supervision and training elements of your programme.