First Intervention can service and maintain all aspects of health and safety equipment at our fully equipped tech-lab in Coryton, Essex.
We have fully accredited Honeywell and Scott Safety technicians so you can rest assured your equipment is being maintained to the highest standard.
We can offer replacement units, whether it be breathing apparatus or gas detection equipment, during service or repair to ensure you do not have any “site down time”. We can also operate on a 24/7 basis to meet your shift patterns and operational requirements.
First Intervention offers “Face Fit Testing” on all types of masks from breathing masks to disposable respirators by experienced, “Fit2Fit” accredited RPE Technicians.
Our face fit service can be carried out from our fully equipped test centre in Coryton, Essex or remotely at your premises.
‘Fit2Fit’ Face Fit Testing
First Intervention Team (FIT) specialise in Face Fit Testing. Our FIT2FIT accredited Respiratory Technicians are dedicated to the delivery of face fit testing to help companies comply with the requirements of legislation and industry regulations. First Intervention Team (FIT) have a fully equipped testing centre in Coryton, Essex or we can operate remotely at your premises nationally.
Face Fit Testing is often reactive, so our Technicians are strategically located close to major cities to enable the demand to be met, providing our customers a quick response time. With teams deployed across the country we operate in: London, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Lincoln, Manchester, Leeds, Hull, Glasgow and Aberdeen with an ability to travel anywhere in the UK.
For special and large projects, we can offer an increased testing capability.
As part of our service, notifications are provided to staff/contractors when their certificate has expired. FIT2FIT recommends that a suitable interval for repeat testing is 2 years however, more frequent repeat Fit Testing maybe appropriate particularly where RPE is being used as a primary or sole means of control.
At FIT we recommend and stock a large quantity of RPE which is available to purchase.
Why Face Fit Test?
Under the COSHH 2002 Regulations, all employers have a duty to provide face fit testing for their employees. All selected respiratory protective equipment must be proved adequate and suitable for the wearer, task and environment.
If wearing a positive pressure Breathing Apparatus, Studies have shown that during heavy exertion, it is possible for the pressure inside the face piece to momentarily become negative in relation to the outside atmosphere. If the face seal is not good this could result in inward leakage of extremely hazardous air.
What is Face Fit Testing?
Face Fit Testing is a method for checking that a tight-fitting face piece matches the person’s facial features and seals adequately to the wearer’s face. It will also help to identify unsuitable face pieces which should not be used. There are two methods of face fit testing: Quantitative and Qualitative.
What is FIT2FIT?
Fit testing should be conducted by a competent person. Competence can be demonstrated by accreditation under the Fit2Fit RPE Fit Test Providers Accreditation Scheme. This scheme has been developed by the BSIF, together with industry stakeholders, and is supported by HSE.
Quantitative Face Fit Testing
Quantitative face fit testing can give an objective assessment of Facial Fit and provides a direct numerical result called a Fit Factor. The Portacount measures the number of ambient particles inside and outside a Face piece and proves a numeric result which is a ratio of the two over a given period. The mask is attached to the Portacount and the user completes a variety of exercises whilst stepping on an Aerobics step. If the user successfully achieves a pass on each exercise at the end of the test a Fit test report/certificate is produced.
Qualitative Face Fit Testing
Qualitative face fit testing relies on a wearers’ subjective assessment of Facial leakage. The method uses a nebuliser of a bitter or sweet tasting substance to challenge the mask’s seal throughout a series of tests. The user will put on the RPE and secure it in position, then the hood will be fitted over their head and once in place, the bitter or sweet substance will be sprayed into the head throughout the various exercises. If the substance is not tasted then the face fit test has been successful, if it is tasted the RPE will be adjusted and the test repeated. Qualitative face fit testing can only be carried out on half masks and disposable masks.
What masks need testing?
- Filtering Face Pieces (FFPs)
- Re-usable filter or cartridge half masks
- Full face filter or cartridge masks
- Escape set masks
- SCBA masks
- PAPR with Tight Fitting Masks
Stated in the ACOP for COSHH when wearing tight fitting RPE the wearer must be clean shaven in the area of the seal. Facial hair/stubble can allow enough space for contaminated air to fit through the seal and therefore allowing the wearer to inhale it. For customers that do not wish to be clean shaven or cannot shave for medical and religious reasons, alternative forms of RPE are available upon request.
HSE research shows that protection is significantly reduced after 24hrs from clean shaven. More information can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr1052.htm
First Intervention Team (FIT) is a proud supporter of the Mavis Nye Foundation. https://www.mavisnyefoundation.com/
Fire Extinguisher Maintenance & Signs
It is vitally important that Fire Extinguishers maintain their functionality and adhere to your legal responsibility. First Intervention Team provide Fire Extinguisher Servicing and Maintenance that will inspect each fire extinguisher to check it is fully functioning or not and make sure it will work correctly in an emergency situation. We have a highly experienced team of professional engineers to carry out fire extinguisher maintenance.
Any item of safety equipment needs regular checking to ensure it works first time every time when needed. This includes your fire fighting equipment. It must be maintained in accordance with the recognised British Standard. (BS 5306 part 3 2003) and this states that a fire extinguisher must be serviced “…at least annually”.
Once a year is plenty for most of us unless you work in a high risk or damaging environment such as bulk fuel storage, underground, marine, nuclear processing, etc. In these locations, more frequent inspections may be necessary. Fire extinguisher maintenance should only be carried out by a “competent person”, someone with the necessary training, qualification, experience, tools, refilling equipment and manufacturer’s documentation.
We offer quality fire extinguishers that satisfy all insurance and fire safety order requirements. Our fire extinguishers are kite marked to BSEN3 with a 5 year manufacturers guarantee.
If you can’t find what you need, contact us and our team of qualified Fire Extinguisher Engineers will be only too happy to offer valuable advice or we can carry out a full Fir of your premises.
All of our signs are supplied in accordance with British and European Quality Standards and are manufactured in accordance with BS5499 standards.
To comply with the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 encourages the standardization of safety signs throughout the member states of the European Union so that safety signs, wherever they are seen, have the same meaning, this legislation thus becoming an important communication tool. For more information about Fire Extinguisher Service & Maintenance, Please contact us on 01375 676779 and discuss with our experienced and professional team who will be happy to answer any of your queries.
Gas Detection Supply and Maintenance
Gas leakage can be extremely hazardous to the health and safety of workers in the workplace, especially in instances where employees may be working in highly risk environments such as confined spaces.There are number of different gases that employees should be protected from, including Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide, Chlorine and many more which employees cannot detect. These can carry major health risks and even result in death, highlighting the importance of quality Gas Detection Services & Equipment as well as necessary procedural steps to be taken.Hire Gas Detection Services:- BW Microclip BM25 Area Detector
Fire Alarm Maintenance
Whether you require a new installation, modification of an existing installation, maintenance of an existing installation or just some general advice. Our BAFE qualified engineers are on hand to help you through the entire process. We currently maintain a wide range of systems from manual standalone conventional systems to fully networked addressable automated systems. Our engineers provide a 24hr a day, 365 days a year callout rota nationwide and work strictly in accordance with BS5839:Part 1 2013.
Fire Hydrants are used by the fire brigade to provide a supply of water within the vicinity of an incident. Although the majority of Fire Hydrants are located within the public sector and maintained by the fire brigade and local water companies, at First Intervention we work very closely with the industrial sector where fire hydrants are located within privately owned land.