The legal frame work for users of close-fitting Personal Respiratory Protection Equipment to be Face Fit Trained and Tested is laid down in –
All Employers have a duty to comply with this legal frame work as applicable to their employees use of Respiratory Protection Equipment.
This service is limited to the testing and training of close-fitting reusable, close-fitting half masks (Personal Respiratory Protection) only, this being governed by the approved ‘Qualitive Testing’ method which we use.
Examples of Respiratory Protection which we can provide the service for –
Note: Full Face Respiratory Protection requires the ‘Quantitative Testing’ method of testing – unfortunately we do not offer this method of testing.
Competency is a key factor of persons carrying out this test and this should be considered prior to appointing a provider; as per the INDG479 competency can be demonstrated by attending and passing an accredited Fit2Fit Training Scheme as provided by an approved provider.
Our team have met the HSE requirements for competency by attended and passing the ‘Fit2Fit’ approved scheme and put their training into practice.
The training of the User on:
On the completion of the testing the Employer or yourself will be given a certificate which will states if the user has passed or failed Face Fit Testing*1, this for your records.
*1Note: Face Fit Testing is only valid for the Mask type which has been tested and not any other types of masks.
Face Fit Testing is the process of ensuring respiratory protection equipment is safe to use in certain workplace environments. There are two types of face fit tests to consider: qualitative and quantitative. While the quantitative Face Fit exam evaluates particle counts, the qualitative form of the test refers to the taste test of your respiratory equipment.
If your employer requires you to wear respiratory protection, like it does in most construction-related industries and working situations, you should consider scheduling your Face Fit test right away.
Face fit testing is a legal requirement if your job requires you to wear a close-fitting mask (Respiratory Protection Mask). Currently we can provide face fit testing for close-fitting reusable masks and close-fitting half masks – please see above for more information or give us a call.
Yes. The HSE recommends that face fit testing should be carried out at least annually or more frequently if a person’s circumstances take place, such as –
No – the test is specific to the type of mask which you have been tested on; if you change masks i.e. use a different type of close-fitting mask you will need to be tested on that specific mask.
It is the responsibility of the employer/person attending to provide their own mask. We do not provide masks as we do not know what type/standard of mask is suitable for the type of work undertaken, and the test results are specific to the type of mask used at the time of testing.
Note: On booking you will be asked to provide the details of the mask used in your work environment, as this will be used for certification of testing & training.
No – Face Fit Testing & Training is only required for Respiratory Protection Mask i.e. PPE – see above for examples of what we can provide the service for.
‘No’, as these types of masks rely on a facial seal.
There are limitations to this but generally this is not an issue.
This is dependent on the medical condition as the test involve the inhalation of Bittrex (0.17% saccharin solution). We recommend that you seek medical guidance if you have any concerns prior to being Face Fit Tested.
As the test relies on a facial seal this may affect the seal depending on how heavy the makeup is, please consider.
It is recommended that users be tested annually or sooner if their facial features change or other factors change etc.
‘No’, the test is specific to the type of respiratory protection which the user was tested on, this being recorded on the test certificate issued.
Employers should keep records of Face Fit Testing for 40-years and records of mask maintenance for a minimum of 5-years.
Our face fit testing service costs from £37 + VAT per person/employee for a single purchase, however bulk discounts are available for group bookings. Please feel free to give use a call for a no obligation chat regarding your requirements – 01623 753 654.
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