Face Fit Testing

  • Who Attends

    The COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations state that the initial selection process for all tight-fitting facepieces should include face-fit testing to ensure the wearer has a correctly fitting device. Face Fit Testing is also required under the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations and the Control of Lead at Work Regulations.

  • The Aim

    The individual will be shown how to fit the face piece appropriately.

  • Course Content

    The process consists of an RPE wearer carrying out a series of light exercises whilst undergoing either quantitative or qualitative fit testing by a trained face fit testing operator.

    Quantitative face fit testing is suitable for all tight fitting masks. This test uses a Portacount Respirator Fit Testing Machine which uses a particle counting method. Quantitative tests provide an objective assessment of facial fit and provide a direct numerical result called a Fit Factor.

    Qualitative face fit testing is suitable for half masks but not full face masks.

  • Knowledge

    It is unlikely that one particular type or size of RPE facepiece will fit everyone. Fit testing will ensure that the equipment selected is suitable for the wearer

  • Methods

    This process consists of a simple pass/fail test based on the wearer’s assessment of face seal leakage using their smell/taste of a test agent.

  • Additional Info

    Face Fit Testing is a method of ensuring that tight fitting respirators are compatible with an individual’s facial features and that it can provide an adequate seal to the wearer’s face.

    Duration: ½ Hour per face fit

  • Dates & Locations
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