RESPIRATORY PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (RPE)

When it comes to respiratory protective equipment (RPE), it’s paramount that fitting is adequate and suitable. Nichol Associates is accredited by ‘Fit2Fit’ and can provide Face Fitting and Mask Testing services by appointment at our centre in Hebburn or at any location nationwide.

Click on any of the services below to find out more.

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QUALITATIVE FIT TESTING (QLFT)

Qualitative fit testing (QLFT) is a pass/fail test based on the wearer’s subjective assessment of any leakage through the face seal region by detecting the introduction of bitter- or sweet-tasting aerosol as a test agent. QLFT methods are suitable for disposable and reusable half masks; they are not suitable for full-face masks.

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QUANTITATIVE FIT TESTING (QNFT)

Quantitative fit testing (QNFT) provides a numerical measure of how well a facepiece seals against a wearer’s face; this is called a fit factor. These tests give an objective measure of face fit. QNFT methods are suitable for disposable and reusable half masks and full-face masks

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MASK INTEGRITY TESTING

The Pro-Tester leak test device provides a simple and reliable means of testing the leak-tightness of full face masks. The Pro-Tester checks that the valves are airtight and that there is no leakage from

the sealing edge of the face blank, visor or speech diaphragm. Negative pressure builds up when the face piece is closely mounted on the test head.

Simple and reliable means of testing the leak-tightness of a full face mask.

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RPE COMPETENT PERSON TRAINING

The aim of this course is to ensure that the individual is competent to perform the monthly checks on respiratory protective equipment (RPE) in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the actions / outcomes are recorded appropriately following HSE guidance HSG53 – Respiratory protective equipment at Work.

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RPE FACE FIT TRAINING

This course is designed for all individuals who are required to carry out fit testing procedures on respiratory protective equipment (RPE) as part of their job role and to ensure that the individual is competent to perform face fit testing on RPE in accordance with HSE guidance (INDG479 / HSG53) and manufacturer’s instructions and the actions/outcomes are recorded appropriately.

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BESPOKE TRAINING

Whatever your asbestos training requirements, we can help. With over 20 years’ delivering asbestos services, including management, removal and analytical, to organisations across the UK, we’re best-placed to support you in your mission to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all.

Contact us to find out more about our RPE Training courses or to book an appointment for face fit testing.