- Posted by NIRPE
- On June 2, 2016
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A fit test should not be conducted if there is any hair growth between the wearer’s skin and the facepiece of the mask. Such hair growth includes stubble, beards, moustaches, sideburns or low hairline which crosses the respirator sealing surface.
Tight-fitting RPE relies on a good seal against the face to work – preventing contaminated air from entering the subjects lungs.
HSE guidelines state that a person should clean-shave no longer than 8-hours prior to the beginning of their shift to ensure their tight-fitting RPE is performing sufficiently.
If a person is unable to shave (e.g. for health or religious reasons), alternative forms of RPE such as loose-fitting powered air devices are available.