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.
Ph: 136 136