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Perfect fit from 3M

Checking that a respirator with a tight-fitting facepiece, provides an adequate seal to the wearer’s face has long been considered best practice as part of a general Respiratory Protection Programme, says Safety In Action exhibitor 3M.

Respirators with tight-fitting facepieces include disposable respirators, half masks and full-face masks, including those that form part of a powered or air-fed respirator.

Fit testing should be carried out:

  • Before the respirator is issued
  • On all wearers of respirators with tight fitting facepieces where fit testing has previously not been performed

Fit testing should be repeated at appropriate times such as:

  • If the wearer significantly loses or gains weight, has major dental work or sustains a major facial injury
  • If a different size or model of RPE is specified
  • At least annually or when specified by the company policy (eg: during a health surveillance check).

Fit testing is in addition to the requirement to perform a fit check prior to each use as a gross determination of suitable fit.

Visit 3M at Safety In Action at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from April 5-7.

3M Australia
Ph: 136 136
www.3m.com/au/ohs