A respirator is used to protect an employee from inhaling hazardous airborne contaminants during construction or other relevant work. Examples of airborne contaminants that you or your employee could potentially be exposed to include fumes (welding fumes), infectious substances, asbestos, hazardous chemicals and dusts such as crystalline silica. Respirators must fit properly to ensure the highest level of protection. Respirators come in different makes and models which means that there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
Respirator fit tests are an effective method of ensuring maximum protection against hazardous contaminants through adjusting an employee’s respirator to an optimal fit.
The most common types of respirators are tight-fitting which means there must be a good seal between the worker’s face and the respirator. A good seal will prevent airborne contaminants from leaking into the respirator and entering the respiratory system of the worker.
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 Sundstrom, Honeywell, 3M and Scott.
Prior to conducting respirator fit testing, KINNECT will require the below information:
- Make and model/s of the respirators used 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)