Respirator with beards

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Being very bearded I wear a powered positive pressure hood. Even though I can get a face fit with a rubber mask the UK HSE won't allow facial hair.  Someone mentioned lying on the test, to prevent this there are 2 types of test, qualitative where it relies on the users saying they can detect the taste of the test liquid and quantitative that has a probe in the mask that counts the particles. Quantitative testing is interesting. I pass qualitative no problem but when I did a quantitive test to see the actual measured results the test showed x ppm coming through, I can't remember the exact number but it was high enough to be harmful. 

My mask is a bit old fashioned, you can now get them with everything built in to the hat rather then the belt with the battery and fan. 





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