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Inhaling the facts!
23 January 2013
In 2009, the BSIF, in collaboration with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and other industry stakeholders, launched the â€˜Fit2Fit Fit Test Providers Accreditation Scheme' which is a competency based scheme that has the overall aim to significantly reduce the incidence of occupational respiratory injury...
The BSIF recently received results for the 'Fit2Fit Fit Test Providers Accreditation Scheme' that highlighted that over the past year the pass rate for the scheme has been less than 50 per cent. David Lummis, Chief Executive Officer at the BSIF comments: â€œThese results are a cause for concern as they highlight that individuals who carry out this job may believe they are more competent in the area then they actually are. The low pass rate has caused the BSIF to reflect on the general competence of RPE fitters. This incompetence may be due to a lack of knowledge, skills, experience and/or understanding of fit testing, or that these skills may have deteriorated over time. Either way, the wearer of the equipment will be risking potential respiratory health problems if the RPE is ill fitted.â€
â€œConsequently we shall continue to strive to educate and raise the proficiency of RPE fitters, as well as seek to increase the pass rates of the scheme. It is vital that everyone who carries out this job is accredited to the necessary standard, thereby reducing unnecessary risk to workers.â€