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Quantitative Respirator Fit Testing

ABL's respirator fit testing services can provide an efficient and professional solution so that you and your workers are covered.

We offer in-house respirator fit testing on the Gold Coast and onsite respirator fit testing in SE QLD. To book an appointment please click on the "Book Now" button above or call us on 07 5618 5100 for more information.


In accordance with AS/NZS 1715:2009, fit testing is required before a user wears a respirator on the job to determine an appropriate match between the face-piece of the RPE and face of the wearer.
This should be updated at least annually. In addition to this, fit tests need to be performed:

  • When the wearer changes the size or style of the respirator used
  • If there are any changes to the wearer's face such as facial hair, weight fluctuation or dental work.

In-House Fit Test Location

11 Harrington Street (blue building)
Arundel QLD 4214

For a technician to visit your site in SE QLD a minimum booking of 5 tests is required.



What is a Fit Test?

Respirators are used to protect the user from inhaling hazardous materials however, they can only function effectively when they provide a tight protective seal against the wearer's face.

What is Quantitative Fit Testing?

A quantitative fit test (QNFT) can be used to fit-test any tight-fitting respirator. It involves using an instrument to measure leakage around the face seal and produces a numerical result called a “fit factor.”

A quantitative test relies on a Portacount machine that is attached to the respirator via a tube to complete the testing.

This test will not only detect the existence of leakage, it also measures the amount of leakage that is occurring.


TSI PORTACOUNT MACHINE

Quantitative fit testing is normally the preferred option for full-face respirators and half face masks, however, any mask can be tested this way.

A fit factor of at least 100 is required for half-mask respirators and a minimum fit factor of 500 or 1000 for a full face-piece negative-pressure respirator depending on the protection factor required during use.

Once the quantitative fit test is successfully completed, the wearer is issued with a pass certificate report. This report will then be emailed to the wearer and the company for which the wearer works.



Terms and Conditions

To attend the Quantitative Respirator Fit Testing in Accordance with AS/NZS1715-2009:

  • The attendee must be clean shaven (if you are not clean shaven you may incur a $5 fee to shave on our premises).
  • Each appointment is for a single respirator - Please ensure you bring your respirator along to the appointment.
  •  If you would like to purchase a respirator with us on the day please arrive 10 minutes prior to the appointment time. (If you require a second fitting, please book a second appointment).

What to expect on the day?

Prior to starting the test, you will receive a brief of what is involved during the testing and why it is important to carry out. We will ask you to present the respirator you will be using (alternatively we have a selection of respirators you can choose from / purchase on the day).

We will show you how to correctly apply the face mask, and then ask you to demonstrate this back to us.

Once the test begins you will carry out the following exercises:

  • Normal Breathing
  • Deep Breathing
  • Head Side to Side
  • Head Up & Down
  • Talking
  • Grimacing
  • Bending Over
  • Normal Breathing

Each exercise lasts for 60 seconds (apart from the grimace which lasts 15 seconds). The Grimace is purely there to break the seal on the mask, the participant will then need to re-adjust the mask to fit properly again.

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