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RPE & Fit Testing

Our health and safety experts offer RPE and Fit2Fit accredited testing services.

Inappropriate or poorly fitted Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) means that risks are not adequately controlled and the money spent on RPE is wasted.  Our experts can help you make the right choice and ensure that your staff are protected.

Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) employers have a responsibility to protect their workforce from hazardous substances, including COVID-19. Depending on the circumstances and level of risk, you may need to provide your employees with RPE.

You will need to make sure the RPE you provide is adequate to reduce the level of exposure and suitable for the task, wearer, and environment.

This is where we can help.

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We can assist with RPE selection, assess the RPE you currently use and make sure you are fully compliant with legislation such as the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2012, the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 and the HSE’s HSG53 ‘Respiratory protective equipment at work’ guidance.

From a more practical perspective we can explain exactly what RPE will be best for your workforce and the tasks they undertake, what training you will need to provide your staff and how to maintain and store your RPE.

More crucially given the current situation, we will also make your RPE fits your staff correctly to assist with protection from COVID-19 exposure.

Why should you choose us to help you with RPE and fit testing?

The short answer is our experienced health and safety experts have all the expertise required to:

  • Assess whether you are using adequate and suitable RPE
  • Explain if and why you need a fit test
  • Train RPE wearers to correctly undertake pre-use fit checks
  • Assess whether you need quantitative or qualitative fit testing methods (and explain the difference)
  • Provide realistic and practical recommendations to prevent and correct problems during fit testing
  • Understand the differences between fit factor, workplace protection factor, assigned protection factor and nominal protection factors
  • Apply the relevant HSE Regulations and the Approved Codes of Practice to your fit test

This means:

  • We have the professional qualifications. The HSE highly recommends fit-tests are completed by Fit2Fit accredited fit testers like us.
  • We have the practical experience you need. As occupational hygienists we can help with risk assessment and hierarchical control measures that meet COSHH Regulation 7(3).
  • We have the health and safety experience to protect you. We will recommend the most appropriate RPE and help you update your equipment and RPE policy in order to reduce potential employee ill-health and possible legal action.
  • We also provide training on the use, maintenance and selection of RPE to protect you going forward.

What should you do next?

If you would like to speak to our RPE and fit testing expert, Rosie McKay, please contact her by phone on 01302 499055, email rosiemckay@pragmaandassociates.co.uk or use our contact us form for a free initial consultation.

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