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Work Health Specialist offers an on-site Respirator Fit Testing service with the aim to assess the effectiveness of the RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment) provided to employees and their individual fitting techniques.
Where individuals are required to wear respirators whilst performing their duties, employers have the responsibility to ensure that respirators have been fully fit tested in accordance to Australian Standards and Safe Work Australia.
Work Health Specialists offer both Quantitative and Qualitative fit testing depending on the customers and/or legislative requirements within the specific industry or business sector.
Quantitative Fit Testing
With the use of the Portacount respirator fit testing instrumentation, Work Health Specialists will measure the leakage around the face seal of the respirator. The fit factor result outputted by the Portacount equipment determines the adequacy of the fitted respirator to the employee.
Quantitative Fit Testing is considered as the industry standard for frontline workers and employees exposed to hazardous particles as part of their duties.
Qualitative Fit Testing
Unlike Quantitative Fit Testing, this method of testing does not use calibarted equipment in detertmining the leakage around the face when mask or half face respiratoes are being worn.
Instead this test is reliant on the individual being tested, and uses a taste and/or smell test to determine proper fitment techniques. This test is not the preferred method of testing.
Why is fit testing important?
When workers are required to wear respirators, as part of their PPE, whilst conducting certain activities it is generally for a good reason. Due to employers OH&S responsibilities in providing a safe work environment, using respirators can remove or reduce exposure to respiratory factors which may lead to occupational lung decease or the spread of COVID-19.
There are however a variety of RPE suppliers, and the facial characteristics of individuals vary. It is therefore important that is not assumed that one model of RPE would provide the same level of protection to all employees. When RPE devices are selected it should be done in consultation with employees.
Respirator Fit Testing is used to validate the selected RPE for individuals by ensuring that the selected respirators provide maximum protection to employees. The fit testing of RPE`s are also mandated by Australian New Zealand Standard AS/NZS1715 and outlines the fit testing requirements for new employees and/or when alternative RPE`s are being provided.
Work Health Specialists offer on-site respirator fit testing services across Australia ensuring that you are fully compliant with legislative requirements.
Drug & Alcohol Screening
Work Health Specialists provides a wide range of onsite workplace drug and alcohol testing across Australia. Our accredited drug testers will attend your work site and perform urine or saliva drug testing and a breath alcohol test. All our testing meets the relevant Australian standards, with results that are legally defensible.
Lung Function Testing
Spirometry is the most common test of lung function and mainstay for the screening and management of workers at risk of occupational lung disease. For some workplaces it is important to establish a baseline respiratory function so that an employee’s lung function can be monitored over time to determine whether any occupational exposures to airborne hazards such as vapors, dusts, gases, fumes are impacting on lung function.
Mental Health Services
You have Public Liability insurance and Workers Compensation but how can you protect your business from the downside of poor mental health? Legislation passed in 2012 dictates every workplace has a legal obligation to protect employee health and safety, both physically and mentally. But it makes great financial sense for your business too to take steps to ensure the working environment is considerate of mental health and aware of what makes a happy, healthy workplace.
Workplace Health Checks
Work Health Specialists deliver a variety of on-site health checks that provide your employees with a confidential assessment of their health status. All results are received on the spot and are 100% confidential. Employees will receive their own personal results with feedback and healthy lifestyle advice to aid them in making improvements.
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