The quality of a company and the work it undertakes isn’t limited to the site, it starts much earlier than this with a sound working back ground, as well as an effective office system, correct insurance and qualifications for the staff, there is also the issues of Health and Safety to consider, looking after the health and safety of both the staff and the customers is paramount with Olympic Construction.
It is a legal requirement under Health and Safety legislation OC281/28 that respiratory equipment must provided for employees, the equipment must be of the correct type, fit for purpose and must be tested, these tests recorded and the records kept for forty years.
This week was our face fit testing week which was undertaken at our offices by an independent face fit tester by Mr Antony Barker of Kramba for clarity, I am pleased to say all staff passed with flying colours, which is good news as it means the respiratory equipment provided was both effective and correctly worn by our technicians.
Antony inspecting the respiratory equipment for correct fitting and any defects.
Dan one of our technicians in the testing hood.
Antony staring the test with Andy to establish his tolerance levels on the sensitivity test, a vital part of the test as listed below.
The person carrying out the Fit Test will explain to you what a fit test is and why it is carried out.
- You must refrain from drinking, smoking or eating immediately (15 minutes) before the Fit Test.
- You should be able to fit the face piece in the manner in which you have been trained and without assistance.
- The Fit Test should not be conducted if you have significant facial hair in the area where the face piece meets your face. A reliable face seal can only be achieved if you are clean shaven where the face piece seal touches your face. This also applies on a day-to-day basis at work.
- During the Fit Test you will be asked to perform simple exercises. If you have any medical condition that may prevent you from performing these exercises then you should bring this to the attention of the fit tester.
- If you normally wear protective goggles or hard hat etc. when you wear your face piece, you should wear these also during the Fit Test.
- The Fit Test will normally be carried out using your own face piece or one identical to it. If you are to be fit tested in your own face piece then you should make sure that the face piece is clean and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction.
- When you have completed the Fit Test you will be told if you have obtained a pass or a fail. A pass means that the face piece is suitable for you. Your employer will issue a Fit Test certificate, which should be retained.
- If you failed the Fit Test the tester may ask you to refit the face piece and repeat the Fit Test (after a pause of 15 minutes). If a better fit is not obtained you may be asked to try on a different size or type of face piece and repeat the Fit Test. You should not use a face piece that does not fit you properly. Your employer must ensure that you are provided with a face piece that fits you properly.
- You will need to have another Fit Test if you change to another type of face piece, lose or gain a significant amount of weight, undergo any substantial dental work or develop facial imperfections (scars, moles etc.) around the face seal area. Your employer may also have a policy regarding frequency of fit testing.
- If you change your employer but still continue to wear the same size and model of face piece you should not have to be retested. Your new employer, however, may wish for you to have another Fit Test.
Any quality company will take the health and safety of its employees and customers alike seriously at Olympic Construction this is at top of the list as one of the main points for customer satisfaction, with our partnership with Stallard Kane Associates this is guaranteed.
The customer responsibility
On Monday 6th April 2015, the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015 replaced the 2007 Regulations, for the first time this imposes responsibilities on to the Domestic Client as a duty holder, to ensure any contractor who they employ has the following areas in place.
- All projects must have:
- Workers with the right skills, knowledge, training and experience
- Contractors providing appropriate supervision, instruction and information
- Projects where more than one contractor is involved (domestic or non-domestic) must cover the points, listed in section one in place plus:
- Principal designer and principal contractor must be appointed
- A health and safety file which includes method statement and risk assessments in writing.
Before employing a contractor ensure he as the above in place all you have to do is as, remember one of the most common saying now a days is ‘Were there’s blame there’s a claim’ don’t let your contractor end up resulting in you having a claim against you as a client.