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Founded by Rebekah McCutcheon, Fit Test Australia provides clients dedicated respiratory safety with the most reliable, objective and efficient method of fit-testing.
Fit Test Australia was established to address the shortcomings of the industry. Consistent with the highest industry standard and best practice, Fit Test Australia specialises in Quantitative Fit Testing services, ensuring compliance with Australian New Zealand Standard AS/NZS1715:2009 whilst delivering quality you can count on.
FTA pride ourselves on excellence and have experience spanning across multiple industries ranging from Construction to Healthcare. We are a dynamic Sydney based team offering mobile services to Fit Test Australia Nationally.
Quantitative Fit Testing (QNFT) is performed using a unique instrument called a PortaCount. The TSI PortaCount 8048 is leading the way when it comes to Fit Testing. It is the only device worldwide that can quantitatively fit all tight-fitting Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE). This includes the half and full-face respirator along with the disposable N95 filtering facepiece.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Fit Testing?
Fit Testing tests the seal around tight fitting respirators to ensure you are receiving the masks expected protection.Quantitative fit testing is the most reliable objective method of fit testing and is considered to be the gold standard.
How long does it take?
A complete Fit Test exercise using the PortaCount 8048 will take approximately 10-15 minutes if passed.
Can I fail the test?
Yes you can fail the test.
It is entirely possible that an instant fail can occur at any time due to a variety of reasons which would end the test prematurely.
There are a number of reasons you could fail the test:
- The respiratory mask being tested doesn’t provide an adequate seal around your face, incorrect size or style provided.
- Smoking or eating within 30 minutes of the test being conducted can alter the particle count potentially generating a false particle reading which might compromise the test and cause it to fail.
- You are not clean shaven and therefore a perfect seal cannot be achieved.
- Incorrect donning of mask.
- Strap tension.
What is required for me to be fit tested?
- You must be clean shaven on the day, no beards, goatees etc.
- You must not smoke or consume food within 30 minutes of the test.
- Appropriate PPE to ensure it is compatible with your RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment) during the test.
- Medical clearance.
Am I required to be fit tested if I use a respiratory mask?
AS/NZS 1715 S2(2.6) requires that suitable fit tests be conducted at least once a year for all users of Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE) with all tight-fitting face pieces, where they are sized to fit the wearer, to ensure the mask provides an adequate seal.
How often should I be Fit Tested?
Based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard – AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, Use and Maintenance of Respiratory Protective Equipment, Respiratory Fit Testing in Australia states fit-testing should be conducted: Initially when the RPE is first issued, at least annually, and when the wearer is issued a new size, style, make or model. Not required by law, fit testing is being adopted by many companies as best practice to ensure worker safety.
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