Recruitment and training firm gains 3M Face Fit certification
19th December 2013
Training and recruitment specialist Bromak has strengthened its health and safety services by becoming one of the first built environment agencies in the UK to provide Face Fit testing.
Bromak staff attended a training course delivered by 3M enabling its trainers and consultants to deliver the Face Fit service on site. The Face Fit test matches construction workers with the correct respiratory protective equipment (RPE) and ensures it is properly sealed to the wearer’s face.
In instances where RPE is being used as a control measure under health and safety legislation, it is a legal requirement that individual workers undergo Face Fit testing to protect them against airborne contaminants.
The testing involves various breathing and movement exercises to ensure the equipment safely reduces exposure, and workers using RPE must be Face Fit tested as part of the selection process.
Mathew Bewley, Director of Training for Bromak, based in Bolton, Lancashire, said: “There are huge risks associated with workers inhaling substances such as silica dust, which is the industry’s biggest killer after asbestos. Asbestos cases too are continuing to rise and an average of 20 tradesman die every week from asbestos exposure.
“If a facepiece doesn’t properly fit, the protection is significantly reduced which can endanger the life of the wearer, or lead to immediate or long term health problems.
“Bromak is one of only a very small number of agencies which can offer Face Fit testing, and the new service benefits both our recruitment and training divisions. Not only can we provide Face Fit testing externally to clients but we can ensure the workers we supply have their Face Fit certification, meaning they are able start work immediately.”
As well as being able to deliver Face-Fit testing, Bromak is recognised by the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS), Safety Management Advisory Services (SMAS) and the NHBC’s scheme Safemark.
The firm offers a comprehensive range of construction and industry-related training programmes including health & safety, management and Construction Skills accredited courses.