Anyone using a respiratory requiring protection from substances hazardous to health
In the UK the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in HSG53 2013 dictate that all Respiratory Protective Equipment used for more than 28 days are maintained to the manufacturer's production specification.
This can be done on site; or at Prossor PPE premises.
Within the UK there is a requirement dictated from the HSE that all masks that are worn for more than 28 days must have written records kept of the maintenance controls.
The guidance is aimed at the employers to ensure that they are aware of their responsibility for the control of substances hazardous to health regulations (known as COSHH) Control of lead at work regulations (known as CLAW) and the control of Asbestos at work regulations (known as CAW) The performance of a mask depends on the achieving of a good contact between the mask face seal and the wearers skin. It is unlikely that one type of mask will suit all wearers so masks are sized and have different characteristics. The face fit tester will determine the most suitable mask for face size and shape.
One of the tenets is that the masks where they are tight fitting are checked by a face fit test. This does not take the place of the risk assessment and determination of the correct filter medium for the hazard. This remains the responsibility of the employer who may have delegated the responsibility to a safety rep or health and safety professional.
A tight fitting face piece may be a full face mask, half mask or a disposable filtering face piece.
It is not suitable for people with beards stubble and facial hair. If the user has facial hair they would have to use a loose fitting unit Records should be stored for at least 5 years. We have a proprietary offering called Issue Control that will keep an electronic store of these records.
Fit testing does not assess the quality of maintenance of the RPE.
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