Intersafe has equipment that tests masks for leakage around the edges. This is known as the fittest or sealing test. This test must be carried out periodically with every form of respiratory protection, such as dust masks, half-face masks or full-face masks.
Qualitative or quantitative method
The qualitative method is based on the users themselves. Sweetener is sprayed in a screened off environment onto the mask of the test subject. With the quantitative method the test subject and his or her mask is connected to special measuring instrumentation. This instrumentation measures the particles inside and outside the mask. Comparing the reading, that cannot be affected, will then give what is know as the fit factor.
What can Intersafe mean to you?
An acceptable level of safety can only be achieved if the instruments are used by competent and properly trained staff. Intersafe Services B.V. can instruct employees on the use of protective equipment. It is also prudent for employees to be aware of whether a product is working correctly. To this end we offer two methods of carrying out the fittest. In addition you can call Intersafe Services B.V. for various training courses such as:
- Gas measurement practical course
- Working in confined spaces
- Fittest on site at the customer’s location
- User instructions and toolbox meetings
Respiratory protection fittest
In order to be able to establish whether respiratory protection also provides adequate protection and works correctly in practice, respiratory protection needs to be checked before each use for visible defects and internal leakage around the edges.
Intersafe offers customers support with the correct use of respiratory protection equipment. There are various capabilities for instructing employees on the use of respiratory protection. It is also prudent to make employees aware of whether respiratory protection is working correctly. Intersafe has a qualitative and a quantitative test available for this. The qualitative test uses sweetener in a mask, the quantitative test uses a particle counter behind the respiratory protection.
Respiratory protection plus fittest toolbox
It is important for employees using respiratory protection equipment that they should be informed of the risks they are being protected against. They also need to know how ppe must be used and what is needed to maintain it. The ARBO (Health & Safety at Work) Act requires employers to provide information about the risks to which employees are exposed. Intersafe offers a toolbox in which up to 1 hour of comprehensive attention is devoted to specific risks, control measures that have been adopted and clear instruction for users covering the respiratory protection equipment.
Following on from the toolbox session, all employees can undergo the fittest. An attendance list will be maintained by Intersafe which also records that employees have taken part in the fittest. The cost of this toolbox and testing will depend on the number of participants and the programme desired. We will be happy to put a proposal together in consultation with you. The time at which you want the tests to take place will be agreed with you in advance. The employees concerned will receive an invitation from your good selves, this will enable the test to fit in with the production process. With a proper schedule 4 people can be tested once per hour. This therefore comes to a total of 16 people per shift. If more than one type of mask is being tested for each person, then 15 minutes per mask per person will be assumed.
You will receive a quotation from Intersafe based on the number of employees, tests and test days you have submitted. As the customer, you will supply the test masks required for carrying out the tests in advance so we can repair them.
Respiratory protection toolbox
Intersafe also offers the option of having a respiratory protection toolbox without a fittest. The ARBO (Health & Safety at Work) Act requires employers to provide information about the risks to which employees are exposed. Intersafes offers a toolbox in which up to 1 hour of comprehensive attention is devoted to specific risks to which employees are exposed, control measures that have been adopted and clear instruction for users covering the respiratory protection equipment. This toolbox will be tailored specifically to the organisation’s situation.