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 5 years.
What Exactly is Face Fit Testing?
Face fit testing is a process to check that the worker can don or put on the respirator and it seals adequately on their face.
How is Fit Testing Completed?
Fit testing is completed using the PortaCount machine which works by sampling air on the outside and inside of the mask. A calculation is then made of particles outside the mask vs particles inside the mask, if the number exceeds a certain level it is a pass and if it is below then it is a fail.
Half Face or Full Face?
Prior to testing we need to know what respirator is used in your workplace. The make and model number of the respirator plus the exact filters need to be confirmed with us before proceeding with the face fit testing. Unfortunately we can’t tell you exactly what respirator to use in your workplace as this is based off of AS/NZS 1715:2009 and your workplace monitoring.
How Long Does Face Fit Testing Take?
Quantitative face fit testing takes approximately 15 minutes if a pass is achieved and longer if a pass is not achieved.
Is There Any Training Involved?
When we conduct fit testing we can show your workers:
- How to don or put on the respirator
- How and when to change the filters
- How to clean and store the respirator
We can contextualise the training to your exact needs whether you’re a sole trader or a large mining company.