Face Fit Testing Service Details

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.

We are a competitive fit test provider and charge the following for quantitative testing in Brisbane:

Bulk Group Rate for Miners and Construction Companies- Day Rate- please call us to discuss PortaCount Options (2 units, 5 units, 6 units, 7 units/ 12 or 24 hour shifts).

For travel over an hour we may charge travel depending on the total number of tests provided.

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 the mask for Silica or Asbestos, or is the mask for a gas or vapour)
  • Know how to don the RPE (understand how to put on the mask)
  • Be clean shaven around the sealing surface of the respirator- we will not test any worker’s have any stubble/ goatees or facial hair that interferes with the seal- they must be clean shaven (we will refuse to test anyone with facial hair- we do have razors and cream onsite but it saves substantial time for your business if all workers are clean shaven)
  • Bring any PPE you may be wearing while wearing RPE (hardhats, glasses) so we can test with this to ensure it is compatible
  • Not smoke 30 minutes prior to testing
  • Not eat within 15 minutes of testing
  • Ensure all workers are medically fit to wear a respirator, if there is any doubt of this, the employee should be medically assessed by a medical practitioner or occupational health physician.

If you are bringing your own respirator on the day of testing please ensure this is in a safe and clean condition, if bringing your own mask we will need to know the brand and model so we can ensure we have an adaptor for the testing. If we do not have an adaptor we will be unable to test.

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