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Why Fit Test?

If you have employees that wear tight fitting respirators, either disposable/reusable/half or full face, then it is a requirement to have a “Fit Test” conducted to ensure your employees have optimal protection. 

The Australian and New Zealand Standard  (AS/NZS 1715:2009 selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment) states:

wearers of tight-fitting respirators (including disposables, reusable half face and full face) should be fit tested before wearing a mask for the first time and subsequently every 12 months thereafter.

As of the 1st of May 2023 a new Code of Practice has come into effect. The Code of Practice for "Managing Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust Exposure in Construction and Manufacturing of Construction Elements 2022" states:

Fit-testing is required for all tight-fitting Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) provided by the Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) to protect against Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS). 

This new code also states:

In addition to ensuring a tight-fitting respirator has been successfully fit-tested before it
is first used, fit-testing should also occur:

• at least once per year 
• whenever there is a change in the wearer's facial characteristics or features which
may affect the facial seal (e.g. large weight loss or gain).
• each time a new make or model of tight-fitting respirator is issued.



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