The purpose of face fit testing is to ensure the correct fitting of respiratory protection equipment, including record keeping and proper disposal of respiratory protection equipment.

What is Face Fit Testing?

Facepiece fit testing is a method of checking that a tight-fitting facepiece matches the wearer’s facial features and seals adequately to their face. It will also help to identify unsuitable facepieces that should not be used. Remember that tight-fitting RPE will only provide effective protection if the wearer is clean-shaven, so they should also be clean-shaven when fit tested.

Who should have a face fit test?

If you are using RPE with tight-fitting facepieces you should make sure each wearer has a fit test. This is needed to ensure the selected facepiece can fit the wearer correctly. You can use the fit test as a training opportunity, as it allows you to highlight to the wearer the consequences of poor fit and improper use on the effectiveness of the RPE device. It is also good practice to have a system to ensure repeat fit testing is carried out on a regular basis. This is especially important when RPE is used frequently as a primary means of exposure control, eg annual testing for workers involved in licensed asbestos removal. If there are any changes to a person’s face through, for example, weight loss/gain, scars etc, a repeat fit test will be necessary.

Type of testing we conduct

Qualitative fit testing is a pass/fail test based on the wearer’s subjective assessment of any leakage from the face seal region, by sensing the introduction of a test agent. These tests are suitable for half masks. They are not suitable for full face masks. Examples of qualitative fit testing methods are:

Method based on bitter- or sweet-tasting aerosol
Method based on odour compounds

Face Fit FAQS

This training is ideal for:

  • Warehouse and factory staff
  • Manual labourers
  • Construction workers
  • Building site workers
  • Office workers
  • Delivery drivers
  • Agricultural workers

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Yes, all the training will be done at your business premises.

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