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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What is Face Fit Testing?

    Some workplaces require workers to wear special protective equipment. This may occur in areas where specific hazards are present, such as vapours, gases or airborne substances. In many cases situations like these require the workers to wear respiratory protective equipment, or RPE for short.

    While this equipment is designed to enable the worker to breathe safely without inhaling any harmful substances, it only works if it is fitted properly to the face. If there is a gap anywhere between the mask and the skin, the chances that gases or particles of any kind can get in and be breathed in increase.

    This is why face fit testing is provided by some training centres and organisations to ensure people know how to safely wear a face mask. Once the training is complete, the delegates who took part will know how to properly check a mask of any kind before wearing it, as well as how to fit it so it provides the best degree of protection.

    This is essential in many circumstances but especially in situations where workers come into contact with lead, asbestos or other dangerous substances.

    Hazards posed by airborne gases, substances and toxins

    Breathing in anything that is harmful to our health can be extremely dangerous. In some cases the effects can be known virtually straight away. In other cases, such as with asbestos for example, the effects are only known years later. Mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by inhaling asbestos, can present itself years after inhaling asbestos fibres.

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    This is why it is imperative to have the proper face fit testing training so you can keep yourself safe in the workplace at all times.

    Do you need advice regarding injury or illness you think was caused at work?

    The professional injury compensation lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline have 14 years’ experience in dealing with cases just like these. If you have suffered an accident or illness and you believe you possess evidence of negligence on the part of another individual, contact us today for further advice.

    If your accident occurred in the past three years we may be able to support you in bringing a no win, no fee compensation claim.

    Our 30-second online test is fast and easy to complete and will provide you with a starting point. You can then call our free 24/7 enquiry line to find out more about your individual situation.

    Date Published: June 15, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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