Face Fit Test Training
After completing our Face Fit Testing training course successful participants will receive a certificate of completion for Quantitative Face Fit Testing .
Please note this is non-accredited training as there is current no nationally recognised training package for face fit testing. We are however an accredited Respiratory Fit Testing Training provider for Coal Services NSW.
Please note we do not conduct qualitative fit test training- as qualitative testing is not entirely reliable ( see Clause 8.5.2 AS/NZS 1715:2009)- we only conduct quantitative fit test training.
Pro Safety and Training can provide Quantitative Face Fit Test training at your facilities anywhere in Australia, or at our office in Wooloongabba, Brisbane.
Contact Sebastian Rasche directly on 0412 889 317 or email [email protected] for an obligation free quote, or for discussion on what is required to establish in house quantitative face fit testing.
Face Fit Testing is conducted through the use of quantitative testing equipment.
A thorough understanding of technical equipment knowledge, and a detailed understanding of respiratory protective equipment is required to accurately fit test workers.
Our tailored training gives you the confidence so that you can use the equipment and software associated with quantitative fit testing.
Our Face Fit Test Training includes the following:
- RPE Overview (what respirators are available, how they work and their allocated protection factors)
- Fit test methods (qualitative and quantitative)
- How fit testing is undertaken quantitatively
- Components of quantitative fit test equipment
- Software for fit testing
- Setup of equipment
- Exporting Fit Test Data
- Monitoring of equipment
- Conducting fit tests
- Troubleshooting of equipment
- Analysing results and reporting
- Calibration of equipment
- Legislation and related guidance material (Coal, Metalliferous, Construction and general industry)
- Fit Testing Protocols (INDG 479/HSE 282/28 and OSHA 1910.134)
There is no nationally recognised training available for the use of quantitative fit test equipment, however the manufacturer of the equipment recommend’s training in respiratory protection, respirators, and fit testing by a consultant and this training is to be a one, two or three day course.
We have built this course specifically based of the manufacturer specifications for the equipment, consultation with industry, our own experiences with fit testing over 5 years of conducting testing and then aligned the training with the following standards:
- AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment
- ISO 16975-3:2017 Respirator protective devices – Selection, use and maintenance Part 3: Fit testing procedures
- PortaCount 8038 Manufacturer Specifications
- PortaCount 8048 Manufacturer Specifications
- RPE Manufacturer Specifications
We are an accredited Respiratory Fit Testing training provider for Order 43.
- Please contact us for a price.
What will be required by your company after completing this training?
Establishing Fit Testing in house after completing this training is a straight forward process which can be split into 4 categories- resources, procedure, administration and data management.
You will need to purchase the following:
- PortaCount 8038/8048 or other quantitative fit test equipment- please note each PortaCount is approximately $22 500- we do not sell PortaCounts (but can recommend a supplier)
- Particle Generator
- RPE Adaptors (fit test adaptors)
- RPE being tested
- Card Printer
- Power Boards
- Alcohol/ Disinfectant wipes
- Shaving Cream
- Spare equipment (alcohol wicks, twin tubes etc)
You will need to form the following procedures:
- A thorough policy and procedure based off either INDG479 (previously HSE 282/28) or OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134, this procedure then needs to be contextualised to the type of fit testing you are conducting and any other additional products you are providing (ie- spirometry, Order 43 Medicals, RPE supply). The procedure is best written to also ensure compliance with AS/NZS 1715:2009 and ISO 16975-3.
- Fit Test Adaptor cleaning procedure
- Fit Test Calibration Procedure
- Operator training procedures/ Verification of Competency procedures
In terms of client consultation you will need to conduct the following consultation:
- understand the brand of RPE (respirator) to be tested
- have a secondary brand/model of RPE to be tested if the originally specified mask fails
- ensure you have available adaptors for the type of RPE being tested
- ensure workers have been trained to don RPE prior to testing
- inform clients and workers that they must arrive for fit testing clean shaven
- post testing issue “Fit Test Reports” and “Fit Test Cards” and evidence of test unit calibration
You will need to ensure you manage data appropriately so that you can easily:
- source fit test reports quickly
- re-issue fit test cards quickly if required
- inform your client that they are due for annual fit testing
- export data from the software across multiple quantitative machines
Some managers may think in house testing is difficult however it is purely a new process that requires planning, consultation and implementation. For an in depth discussion on establishing quantitative face fit testing please contact us today.
These links may assist you in understanding the various options associated with fit testing: