Respirator Fit Testing Service

Qualitative face mask fit testing to protect against toxic atmospheres

Respirator Fit Testing Service

Respirator Fit Testing Service

Why should you regularly check that respirator face masks fit the workers that wear them?

As an employer you have a duty required by law to protect your workers from harmful environments at the workplace as much as is reasonably practical.

You are also required to monitor the workers health to ensure that the work they are doing isn’t harming them.

It isn’t enough to have one-size-fits-all face masks because individuals face shapes and sizes vary so much that it is unlikely that a one size solution will be effective for everyone. If there isn’t a tight seal around the face, the face mask won’t be effective.

Book respirator fit testing for your workers

Testing is crucial to ensure your duty of care to your workers.

Respirator Fit Testing Service

What is face mask fit testing?

Respirator Fit Testing Service

What is face mask fit testing?

Answer
Face mask fit testing is making sure that when a person wears a respirator face mask the seal around the mask is a tight fit to ensure that no contaminated air can enter the mask putting the person at risk.
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How often do you need to be fit tested for a respirator?

Respirator Fit Testing Service

How often do you need to be fit tested for a respirator?

Answer
Best practice is to fit test the person who will wear the mask when a new respirator is acquired. Fit testing should be repeated annually to check for fit and/or if the face of the person wearing the respirator changes in any way such as loss or gain of weight, significant dental work etc.
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What respirators should be fit tested?

Respirator Fit Testing Service

What respirators should be fit tested?

Answer
If a person works in an environment where there are airborne substances hazardous to health the respirator in use should be fit tested to ensure protection against short and long term effects of breathing in the contaminants.
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What airborne toxins are hazardous?

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What airborne toxins are hazardous?

Answer
Airborne hazardous substances can be visible or invisible, dust, mist, vapour, gas. Some examples of these substances are fumes from welding, saw dust, vapour from solvent, paint fumes, asbestos, carbon monoxide, silica, cyanide etc.

Our respirator fit testing service

We visit you at your place of work to carry out the mask fit testing.

The type of fit testing we offer is qualitative – uses smell or taste to determine particulate leakage.

We carry out the fit testing on all personnel with respirators and produce a document of compliance for each test for your records.

Mask fit testing
Face mask fit test
The respirator face masks that we test include
  • Reusable half-face respirator
  • Full-face respirator (cartridge)
  • Full-face powered respirator (cartridge)

Skill Lab tests to New Zealand legislation standards

(AS/NZS 1715:2009)

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