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BESA Regional Health and Safety Forum
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Rebecca Crosland BESA Health and Safety Advisor
ASBESTOS AWARENESS TRAINING
Asbestos is an incredibly hazardous substance that causes serious ill-health to anyone who disturbs it. For this reason, anyone who is likely to disturb asbestos in their work must have an awareness of the correct health and safety procedures to follow.
Asbestos Awareness training helps people to understand the risks associated with the material so that they can avoid work that may disturb asbestos.
Attendance certificates will be issued to all candidates that attend.
GUEST SPEAKER -Paul Chamberlin-We Fit RPE Ltd (Fit to fit accredited)
FACE FIT PRESENTATION
The presentation will focus on the importance of face fit testing.
The supporting guidance for COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health), CLaW (Control of Lead at Work), CAR (Control of Asbestos Regulations) and the Ionising Radiation Regulations, stipulate that fit testing should be carried out as part of the initial mask selection process.
Which masks need to be tested?
Face fit testing is required for all of the following types of masks:
There are two types of test.
The qualitative test can only be carried out on half masks. The test takes around 20 minutes and involves wearing a hood over the head and shoulders. The tester sprays a bitter tasting solution into the hood whilst the delegate carries out a series of exercises, i.e. turning head from side to side. If the wearer can taste the solution then the mask does not fit correctly.
The quantitative test can be carried out on any type of mask. There are several different methods for this test. The most common method involves attaching the mask to a machine (a Portacount), which can detect whether airborne particles are passing into the mask through the seal. Again the test takes around 20 minutes and at the end of the test the machine gives a 'pass' or 'fail'.
BSS Construction Dusts and Dust Extraction-Close
How the BSS organisation has increased the focus on dust and dust extraction within the industry.
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