RESPIRATORY FIT TESTING
If you wear a close-fitting respirator for work that relies on the face seal to achieve the designed protection, then you need to ensure that your respirator has been properly fit tested. This is a requirement of the standard AS/NZS 1715.
Fit testing should be conducted:
- Before a respirator is issued to ensure the correct size and a proper fit is achieved.
- Whenever there is a change of facial characteristics or other features e.g. loss of teeth, excessive change in weight, if biological testing shows excessive exposure to contaminants.
- At least every 12 months.
There are two types of fit tests that are generally used:
Qualitative fit testing:
- These are fast and easy to perform. However, the test relies on the respirator wearer’s subjective response and as such, it is not as reliable as a quantitative fit test.
- The wearer will have a hood placed over their head while fitted with a respirator and be asked to perform a series of movements and tasks such as breathing deeply, moving their head side to side or up and down. A fine spray that has a distinctive smell or taste will be sprayed into the hood. If the wearer is unable to smell or taste the spray, then a good face seal has been achieved.
Quantitative fit testing:
- pH7 uses the latest PortaCount Fit Tester 8048+ with FitPro Ultra software to accurately measure the efficiency of a respirator at preventing material in the atmosphere from entering the wearer’s breathing zone.
7 reasons to choose pH7 for your fit testing?
- Commit2Fit certified fit testers.
- We come to you.
- While our fit testers are qualified in both Qualitative and Quantitative fit testing, pH7 only conducts the latter.
- Fit testing is conducted primarily at our office in Highbrook, Auckland.
- On site fit testing, by arrangement and where practical, is subject to a minimum group size of 10 people.
- Affordable pricing.
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