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The purpose of a respirator is to protect an individual from inhaling hazardous particles. However, the degree of protection can vary depending on the fit of a particular make and model of respirator. For this reason, respirator fit tests are conducted ensuring optimal fit on the face of a worker and therefore maximum protection.

KINNECT offer a convenient respirator fit testing service that can be conducted in all locations and/or onsite at your workplace. Testing is conducted in accordance to Australian Standards AS/NZ 1715:2009 Selection use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment (half face, full face and disposable masks) and is suitable for all respirator brands including SundstromHoneywell3M and Scott.

There are two types of respirator fit testing, Qualitative and Quantitative.

Qualitative Fit Testing

Qualitative fit testing is a less commonly used method of evaluating respirator fit. Typically it is used for workers that would be required to wear either a disposable paper mask or a respirators that just covers their nose and mouth, or half-mask respirators.

Qualitative fit testing works by detecting leakage of the respirator through the use of your sense of taste and/or smell. It is a pass or fail method that heavily relies on the subjective reports of the individual and for this reason is not the preferred method.

Quantitative Fit Tests

Quantitative fit testing is used for any full face and/or tight fitting respirator. It involves an instrument called a portacount, measuring the leakage around the face seal of the respirator and providing a numerical value called a fit factor. This fit factor provides an indication as to whether the choosen respirator provides adequate protection for the individual. Quantitative fit testing is considered the gold standard for workers exposed to hazardous particles in the workplace.

Training to undertake respirator fit testing in your workplace

Learn to conduct respirator fit testing in your workplace.

KINNECT Training now offers a workplace training program to assist businesses meet their workplace health and safety obligations by providing a Respirator Fit Test Training program so you can have your own competent person undertaking respirator fit testing assessments in your workplace. Saving your business time and money.

Saving your business time and money 

  • Face to face – on-site and public courses
  • Designed to meet Australian Standards for all workers required to wear a respirator at work
  • Ongoing support and education available to all students
  • Australia wide delivery
  • Includes the issuing of your personal Respirator Fit Tester ID Card
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KINNECT can travel to your workplace to conduct respirator fit testing. KINNECT travels from the below locations:

  • Brisbane, QLD
  • Gold Coast, QLD
  • Sunshine Coast, QLD
  • Gladstone, QLD
  • Rockhampton, QLD
  • Mackay, QLD
  • Townsville, QLD
  • Cairns, QLD
  • Melbourne, VIC
  • Mascot, NSW
  • Macquarie Park, NSW
  • Perth, WA
  • Adelaide, SA

KINNECT offer clinic based respirator fit testing in the below locations:

  • Brisbane
  • Perth
  • Melbourne

Prior to conducting respirator fit testing, KINNECT will require the below information:

  • Make and model/s of the respirators used and to be tested
  • Samples of the respirator/s and filters (1 per individual to be tested)
  • An adaptor allowing the connection of the portacount to the respirator (available from your respirator manufacturer and/or supplier of respirator equipment)

Onsite testing requires a minimum of 10 tests. Should you require testing for less than 10 employees, we recommend you use our clinic based testing option.

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