Face Fit Testing
Qualitative Face Fit Testing
What is Face Fit Testing?
Face fit is a legal requirement and is covered by HSE legislation 282/28. 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 it?
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
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:
Confirms that the wearer can detect the test agent (either smell or taste). The test agent is sprayed into a test hood.
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.
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 is the cost of Face Fit Testing?
Fewer than 20 delegates: £30 + vat per delegate
For 20 + Delegates: £25 + vat per delegate
There is a minimum charge of £100 + vat per session where you have fewer than 4 delegates.
What do I do now?
To book, or for more information, please use the ‘contact us’ tab at the top of the page or call us on 01726 932293.