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Respirator Fit Testing

Why Fit Test?

In accordance with AS/NZS 1715:2009, fit testing is required before a user wears a respirator on the job to determine an appropriate match between the face-piece of the respiratory protection equipment and the face of the wearer.

What Is A Quantitative Fit Test?

Respirators are used to protect the user from inhaling hazardous materials, however, they can only function effectively when they provide a tight seal against the wearer's face.

A quantitative fit test relies on an instrument called a Portacount machine. The Portacount machine will detect and measure the amount of leakage that is occurring around the face seal and produce a numerical result called a "fit factor."

Once the quantitative fit test is successfully completed, the wearer is issued with a pass certificate report.

Attendance

When attending the Fit Test you must:

  • Be cleanly shaven (see the bottom of this page for more information on facial hair styles)
  • Bring your existing mask with you (if you already have one)
Do not attend if you have a fever or any symptoms of respiratory infection including cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.  Please contact us to reschedule your appointment.
 

What To Expect On The Day

You will be asked to present the respirator you are currently using (alternatively, we have a selection of respirators you can choose from/purchase on the day).

We offer a comprehensive quantitative respirator fit testing service and respirator user training. Our technicians will review how to don the respirator, how to inspect it and how to adjust it properly.

The technician will also explain the purpose of the test, how the equipment works and what is expected during the testing procedure. During the fit testing process, the employee performs exercises that simulate workplace movements. A complete fit test takes approximately 15 minutes.

Regular Testing

Testing should be updated at least annually or if the wearer changes the size, style or brand of the respirator and if there are any changes to the wearer's face such as facial hair, weight fluctuations or dental work.

Our service offering includes an annual reminder via email or SMS text to remind you when your annual respiratory fit test is due. 
 

Professional Service

Our goal when providing the fit testing service is to not merely comply with regulations but to ensure the respiratory protection supplied to yourself or your employees fits and is being worn correctly.

All Alliance Safety Equipment technicians completing the Quantitative Fit Testing have been fully trained in all fundamentals of Face Fit Testing using a Portacount Machine.

 

To Book or For More Information

Respirator Fit Testing is available by appointment only from 9:00am through to 2:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only.

For more information, or to book a test, please contact one of our professional team.