Workplace safety is of utmost importance, and one vital aspect is respirator face fit testing. G&L understands the significance of protecting employees from harmful substances, which is why we emphasise the importance of proper face fit testing.
Respirators are essential for individuals working in environments with hazardous substances, but their effectiveness relies on a correct fit. Face fit testing ensures that the chosen respirator forms a seal with the wearer’s face, minimising the risk of exposure to harmful particles.
Legislation mandates fit testing when a risk assessment identifies the need for tight-fitting respiratory protective equipment. Additionally, repeat testing is required in various circumstances, such as substantial weight changes, severe dental treatment, scarring that may affect the seal, a change in the make/model/size of the RPE, or on an annual basis if the RPE is the primary means of exposure control.
At G&L, we offer quantitative and qualitative face fit testing services to cater to different workplace requirements. Quantitative testing, conducted using the TSI Portacount Plus Respirator Fit Tester, measures microscopic particles in the air to determine the effectiveness of the seal. This method can be applied to various types of RPE, ensuring a comprehensive assessment.
Qualitative testing, on the other hand, provides a simpler pass/fail evaluation based on the wearer’s subjective response to a bitter-tasting aerosol. This method is suitable for disposable and half-mask respirators, providing a cost-effective testing solution.
Proper face fit testing is crucial for protecting against a wide range of hazardous substances, including solid particles like asbestos dust, lead dust, and welding dust; liquid particles such as paints and pesticides; mists like cutting fluids and oil mist; vapours like solvent vapours and mercury vapours; and gases like carbon monoxide and chlorine.
Our experienced fit testers, accredited with Fit2Fit Certification, ensure reliable and accurate face fit testing. We offer a range of respirators from various manufacturers, ensuring the best possible fit for each individual. Whether you choose quantitative or qualitative testing, our goal is to provide a people-first approach, unparalleled expertise, and professional service to prioritise the safety and well-being of your employees.