Face Fit Testing

What is Qualitative Face Fit Testing?

We offer Qualitative Face Fit Testing in Cornwall as it is a legal requirement, and is covered by HSE legislation, Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) used must be able to provide adequate protection for individual wearers. RPE cannot protect the wearer if it leaks.

Who needs Face Fit Testing?

Everyone required to wear any type of Respiratory Protective Equipment in the workplace must be face fit tested to ensure correct fitting and protection against substances potentially hazardous to health.

Masks rely on a good seal against the face so that, when you breathe air in, it is drawn into the filters where the air is cleaned. Any gaps around the edges of the mask, possible dirty particles in the air will pass through these gaps and into your lungs. It is therefore very important that you put your mask on correctly and check for a good fit every time.

Facial hair – stubble and beards – make it impossible to get a good seal of the mask to the face.

If you are clean-shaven when wearing tight-fitting masks, this will help prevent leakage of contaminated air around the edges of the mask and into your lungs. You will, therefore, be breathing in clean air, which will help you stay healthy.

How long will it take?

The test takes approximately 15 minutes per delegate.

How does the test work?

The test is carried out in two stages:

Sensitivity test

Confirms that the wearer can detect the test agent (either smell or taste). The test agent is sprayed into a test hood.

Face Fit Test

The wearer dons their face mask and the test hood. The tester sprays the test agent into the hood at intervals whilst the wearer is carrying out a series of exercises.

Normal breathing.

Deep breathing

Turning head side to side

Moving head up and down


Bending over

If the wearer can taste or smell the test agent at any time this indicates a fail – the mask does not fit.

What do I have to do?

You must be clean-shaven for your face fit test. Facial hair prevents your tight-fitting mask from sealing correctly around your face thereby failing to provide you with adequate protection. If you have your own adjustable mask, please bring with you. We will advise you whether the mask is suitable and whether it fits correctly.

What’s included in the price?

The price includes the test, and certification to show the test has been completed.

Fewer than 20 delegates: £25 + VAT per delegate

For 20 + Delegates: £22.50 + VAT per delegate

There is a minimum charge of £100 + VAT per session where you have fewer than 4 delegates.

If you require masks, we can supply at an additional cost. We would need to know how many you will need for staff to get the best price for you.

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For more information or to book your course give us a call on 01726 932293 or email us at admin@cornwalltraining.com