RPE Face fitting tests in demolition

The Downwell workforce wear RPE at all times. We carry out face fitting tests for all our operatives.

Face fitting tests

In demolition, our operatives must always wear respiratory protective equipment (RPE). All RPE must protect anyone wearing it. If the mask does not fit correctly, it will leak and therefore, not be suitable for the purpose. People faces are all different, so one type of mask does not fit everyone. Consequently, we have trained personnel that carry out face fitting tests for all our operatives, and a record is kept.

Guidance on respiratory protective equipment (RPE) fit testing INDG479

Face fitting test records

Downwell has a permanent workforce, so we keep records for all our operatives on the types of mask that they have had tests for.

Face fitting test kits and involves wearing a hood. The person tested is subject to a taste test before and after the mask is fitted to the person

Face fitting test demonstration

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Facial hair

For the mask to be effective, air must is must be sucked into the filter. This is why the seal around the face has to be effective so that dirty air is stopped inhaled. The fit must be right every time, so wearing the same mask type consistently is essential.

Being clean-shaven is essential for a good fit. The presence of facial hair, stubble and beards will cause the mask to leak.

If there are religious reasons for someone having a beard, there are alternative forms of RPE. These are usually full-face masks.

For more information on our procedures for dust suppression click here

Coronavirus guidance

With the current Coronavirus situation wearing masks has become an important issue for not just the Construction Industry. Guidance by the government can be found here.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement - Wednesday 25th March

The Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening signalled the introduction of more stringent restrictions on us all and has specifically indicated that members of the public should only leave their home for very limited purposes. The message indicates that we should travel to and from work, only where this is absolutely necessary.

The management of the Downwell Group of companies which includes: Downwell Demolition, Inner City Environmental and Inner City Scaffolding has very carefully considered both the meaning and the spirit of the Prime Minister’s statement and whilst there has been some clarification from government subsequently that building sites could continue to operate, we came to the very clear decision yesterday that it was necessary for us, as a responsible contractor, to safely and securely close down our operational sites as soon as reasonably possible. Doing so will assist in maintaining the wellbeing of our customers, employees, sub-contractors, suppliers and the wider communities within which we build.

All sites have been closed down in a safe and secure manner and will remain closed until further notice.

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all the key workers on the frontline who are continiung working for the good of us all.