Anyone wearing a tight-fitting respirator should be fit tested. Australian Standards 1715:2009 states that wearers of tight-fitting respirators (including disposables, reusable half face and full face) should be fit tested before wearing a mask for the first time and subsequently every 12 months thereafter.
Fit testing works by measuring the number of microscopic particles in the ambient air and then measuring the number of those particles that leak into the respirator.
This determines if an adequate seal is achieved on the wearer, ensuring it offers adequate protection.
Without a proper seal on tight fitting respirators, the wearer is still exposed to the environment around them, which in some circumstances can lead to adverse health effects.
Respirator fit testing can be done at your work site.
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