Why is FIT Testing and the process to verify it important?
The dust particles or fumes you can see aren’t the problem, it’s the dust particles you can’t see that are. So unless your respirator has been FIT tested you won’t know if it’s doing its job.
Owing to the point raised above and the significance of the consequences, there has been a Standard developed around the correct selection and fitment of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE): AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment. This standard sets out a strict series of steps/criteria that must be followed and recorded when conducting FIT Testing.
FIT Testing certification and verification is vital for more than just silica and silicosis. It is also vital when exposed to the likes of hydrogen sulphide/methane when working in confined spaces, including pits and sewers, stormwater lines, tanks, sumps, etc, as well as whne creating small penetration in asbestos sheeting.
inca business services has partnered with 3M (leading innovators in the development and manufacture of health care and PPE, including RPE, products and equipment) to deliver this service and RPE in conjunction with MPAQ.
Qualitative Fit Test (QLFT)
Tight-fitting respirators must seal to the wearer’s face in order to provide expected protection. This includes disposable respirators (also called “filtering facepieces”). Fit testing is required by Australian New Zealand Standard AS/NZS1715 before a user wears a respirator on the job and should be assessed at least annually.
- Qualitative Fit Testing
- Certificate of attendance (provided at completion of course)
- Men must be clean shaven (no more than 12 hours facial hair growth)
- Women cannot be wearing makeup
- Respirators – attendees can bring their own if they choose to or purchase one from INCA:
- Mask/Kit from INCA costs $110 ex. GST
Fit Testing takes 30 minutes per person and is delivered face to face.
On successful completion of this FIT Testing attendees will be able to FIT test equipment to ensure workers are not exposed to RCS particles.
Respirable crystalline silica (RCS)
Crystalline silica (quartz) is a common mineral found in:
- most rocks, sands, and clays;
- products such as concrete, mortar, brick, blocks, pavers, tiles, natural and composite stone benchtops; and
- cement-based materials such as fibre-cement sheeting and autoclaved-aerated concrete.
Dust containing RCS is generated by high-energy processes such as cutting, sawing, grinding, drilling, polishing, scabbling and crushing of silica-containing materials.
RCS particles are so small they cannot be seen under ordinary lighting and stay airborne long after larger particles have settled to the ground – the small particle size means it is easily inhaled deep into the lungs.
- RCS is a hazardous chemical. Inhaling RCS can lead to silicosis, an incurable lung disease that can lead to disability and death.
- RCS can also contribute to lung cancer, renal cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
On successful completion of this course attendees will be provided a certificate of attendance.
Members: $115 (ex. GST)
Non-members: $135 (ex. GST)
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