Quantitative Face Fit Testing

Quantitative Face Fit Testing

 

Pro Safety and Training Pty Ltd are experts in quantitative face fit testing and Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) and believe in a quality and complaint approach to fit testing. We are arguably the biggest provider of face fit testing within Brisbane with 5 PortaCounts and a number of trained operators. We test onsite within our purpose built fit test van- saving you time and money, or at our centrally located office.

 

For information on types of face fit testing click here.

 

 

 

To book in for a fit test or for a quote for a group of workers please call 1300 336 003.

 

 

Prior to conducting fit testing with us you will need to:

  • Specify what brand and model RPE is being used and requires testing (is it a Sundstrom SR100 or a 3M 9322A+, is it a 3M 7502?)
  • Understand how to select, use and maintain the RPE (is it for Silica, or is it for a Gas)
  • Know how to don the RPE (understand how to put on the mask)
  • Be 100% clean shaven for the testing (we cannot test workers with stubble or beards as we work to the HSE/INDG or OSHA protocols)
  • Not smoke or eat or drink half an hour prior to the testing

 

 

 

For each fit test conducted we issue the following:

  • A fit test report stating respirator tested and any specific notes (report complies with ISO 16975-3:2017)
  • A fit test card, so workers can demonstrate onsite they have been tested
  • Calibration certificates to show that the PortaCount used is in current calibration
  • Evidence of daily checks if required

 

We also keep your fit test data within one of our fit test databases- meaning we can easily reissue fit test reports if you lose reports.

 

 

 

Please note we only conduct quantitative fit testing, as qualitative fit testing is not entirely accurate (see clause 8.5.2 AS/NZS 1715:2009) as it relies on the wearers subjective response.

 

 

 

Quantitative fit testing is done to ensure the mask or RPE being used seals adequately to the users face, and to check the user can don the RPE correctly. Each test takes approximately 15-20 minutes and can be done onsite within our purpose built fit testing van or at our facilities in Wooloongabba. If done onsite we generally conduct 2 tests every 15 minutes- so can test 8 workers per hour.

 

 

 

Our face fit testing ensures employers meet the requirements of the AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment and the WHS Regulations. Our fit testing is carried out in accordance with:

  • ISO 16975-3:2017  Respiratory protective devices – Selection, use and maintenance Part 3: Fit Testing procedures
  • OSHA 1910.134 or INDG 479/HSE 282/28 protocols (depending on the client’s exact needs)
  • PortaCount 8038/8048 Manufacturers specifications

 

 

 

Pro Safety and Training offer the following RPE services:

 

 

Pro Safety and Training is an accredited training provider for respiratory fit testing, for Order 43 Medical providers in NSW Coal Industry and have been conducting testing for over 4 years.

 

 

There are hundreds of variables when it comes to face fit testing so please contact us on 1300 336 003.

 

 

Useful Links

 

Silica – Technical guide to managing exposure in the workplace

 

Crystalline Silica and Silicosis

 

Face Fit Testing Comparison-facial hair and clean shaven users.

 

Quantitative Face Fit Testing Equipment Rental- Kenelec Scientific

 

Respirators fit properly- WHSQ Guidance

 

OSHA 1910.134

 

HSE 282/28

 

INDG 479

 

Respiratory Protective Equipment – WHSQ

 

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