Support for Fit2Fit scheme
23 January 2013
3M has voiced its support for the BSIF's Fit2Fit accreditation scheme for respirator face fit testers. Developed in conjunction with the HSE, 3M had an active part in producing the syllabus and sits on the technical c
Developed in conjunction with the HSE, 3M had an active part in producing the syllabus and sits on the technical committee and the governing body of the scheme.
Fit testing is a requirement of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002, the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 and the Control of Lead at Work (CLAW) Regulations 2002. It is required to make sure respiratory protective equipment (RPE) incorporating a tight fitting facepiece can fit the wearer well, helping to ensure they are correctly protected.
Fit testing by a competent person identifies wearers who cannot achieve a good fit with a particular facepiece so they can be provided with an alternative model.
A Fit2Fit accreditation proves that a fit test service provider has been independently assessed and can operate to the standard required and gives employers a means of assessing the competencies of their in-house fit testers.