FFP3 Mask Fitting
We are pleased to offer this new service for anyone that requires Face Fit Testing
Face Fit Testing - Info
Fit testing is required for all disposable, half and full face masks ( also classed as “tight-fitting” face pieces)
Any person who is required to wear a tight-fitting face piece in the workplace will need to have a fit test for each different make, model and size of mask they use. Face fit testing is an easy way to check whether a mask protects the user. If the mask doesn’t fit , the user will taste a leak detector and a fail would be recorded, the test would then be repeated to find a suitable mask for the user.
Why do we face fit test?
“To ensure the selected Respiratory Protective Equipment (R P E) had the potential to provide adequate protection for individual users, the Approved Codes of Practice (ACOP’s) supporting the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH), the Control of Lead at Work Regulations, the Control of Asbestos Regulations, the Confined Spaces Regulations and the Ionising Radiations Regulations stipulate that tight fitting RPE should be fit tested as part of the selection process”
To provide a selection of adequate and suitable RPE
To provide suitable RPE for all staff that require it
To provide alternative RPE to those that cannot use the ones provided
To ensure all staff are aware and know the policy and procedures.
What are AGP ( Aerosol Generating Procedures)
Aerosols are produced when an air current moves across the surface of a film of liquid; the greater the force of the air the smaller the particles that are produced. Aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) are defined as any medical and patient care procedure that results in the production of airborne particles (aerosols) AGPs can produce airborne particles <5 micrometers in size which can remain suspended in the air, travel over a distance and may cause infection if inhaled.Therefore AGPs create the potential for airborne transmission of infections that may otherwise only be transmissible by the droplet route.
The following procedures are considered likely to generate aerosols capable of transmitting respiratory pathogens when undertaken on Patients with an RTI:
Intubation, extubating and related procedures such as open suction of respiratory tract
Tracheotomy or tracheostomy procedures ( insertion or open suctioning or removal)
Bronchoscopy and upper ENT airway procedures that involve suctioning
Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy where there is open suctioning of the upper respiratory tract
Non - invasive ventilation (NIV); (BIPAP) and continuous positive airway pressure ventilation (CPAP) Induction of Sputum.