Face Fit training
As an independent supplier of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) services, RPS can conduct expert qualitative Face Fit Testing (QLFT) training for individuals and organisations of all levels...
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RPS is an independent supplier of RPE services including Face Fit Testing and Breathing Air Quality Testing, and we advise and consult with our clients on both RPE and its current legislation. However, we have no affiliation with any RPE manufacturer or distributor.
At RPS, we focus on quantitative face fit testing. The main difference between quantitative and qualitative mask fit testing is that the former testing method objectively measures the amount of potential leakage (quantity), giving the wearer a fit factor score. Qualitative testing on the other hand, relies subjectively on the wearer's taste and smell, and their ability to detect leakage.
If you are considering Face Fit Testing for your staff and colleagues, you may be wondering what sort of process they might expect and how long it would take. You can find out more about this below.
We usually allow for around half an hour to set up, ensuring the room is safe to conduct the testing and that all our equipment is calibrated and ready to work. The quantitative method uses the TSI Portacount® machine, which measures both the ambient particle concentrations outside the mask as well as those inside it. This produces a Fit Factor, which is a ratio calculated as the ambient concentration divided by the in-mask concentration. This Fit Factor indicates how well the mask fits and how effective it is for the wearer. This method is in line with HSE document INDG479 revision 1 and COSHH regulation 7.
Before we begin testing on your colleagues, we would request the following from you: