Face Fit Testing

Course Duration: 20 minutes per person
Attendees: 1-20
Pre-Requisites: Must be clean shaven

If any of our single use FFP3 respirators (Dust Masks) are chosen or used as alternatives they are charges at £3.50 each for fit testing purposes.

Mckay Training are pleased to be able to offer RPE Qualitative Face Fit Testing (QLFT) either at your own premises or here in our specialist training centre in Perth. Whether you need just a few tests completed or your full workforce, we can accommodate your requirements. All members of our testing team have completed and passed the BSIF Fit2Fit approved course.

It is stipulated in HSE Guidance documents HSG53 and INDG479 that face fit testing is a legal requirement in the workplace for anyone required to use a respiratory device to undertake the role. There are 13,000 deaths each year linked to past exposure at work to respiratory hazards such as chemicals or dust. The HSE are focused on reducing these high numbers and employers must ensure that they are manging their respiratory hazards by having the proper face fit testing conducted.

£45.00 (maximum depending on numbers)

Testing rates 2024

When undertaken at our Perth premises (PH2 8DY)

When undertaken outside of a 20 mile radius of our Perth premises

Mileage charge of 70p per mile over a 50 mile round trip

We have a pool of FFP3 respirators (Dust Masks) available should your own mask not be suitable.

If these are required, then they are charged at £3.50 each for fit testing purposes. We also have masks available to buy if required.

What is RPE?

Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is issued as a means of control to prevent the inhalation of hazardous substances at work. When worn and used correctly, RPE can prevent serious lung conditions caused by inhaling dust and other substances.

There are several different types of masks (disposable, re-useable half masks and full face masks). Many common types of RPE comprise of a tight fitting mask where performance relies on achieving a good seal between the mask and the wearer’s face.

Where respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is used as a control measure under health and safety legislation, it is vital that the selected RPE is both adequate and suitable. To ensure that the selected RPE has the potential to provide adequate protection for individual wearers, the Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) supporting the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH), the Control of Lead at Work Regulations, the Control of Asbestos Regulations, the Confined Spaces Regulations and the Ionising Radiations Regulations stipulate that tight-fitting RPE should be fit tested as part of the selection process. You must be able to prove the RPE is:

  • Adequate RPE is right for the hazard and reduces exposure to the level required to protect the wearer’s health.
  • Suitable RPE is right for the wearer, task and environment, such that the wearer can work freely and without additional risks due to the RPE.

How is QLFT Face Fit Testing Undertaken?

Qualitative fit testing (QLFT) is a pass/fail test which is based on an assessment of any leakage through the face seal area by detecting the introduction of bitter or sweet tasting aerosols as a testing agent. QLFT methods are suitable for disposable and re-usable half masks, but not suitable for full face masks.

Although QLFT is based on subjective detection and response by the wearer of the RPE and it is important that it is administered by a competent tester in using this method.

Each test takes around 45 minutes to fully complete. One mask is classed as one test (some wearers may wear more than one style of mask).

Repeat Testing

Repeat testing must be conducted on a regular basis to capture any facial changes that may affect the fit and performance of the mask.

If any person has a significant weight loss or gain, has substantial dental work, has a facial piercing or has any mole or scar appear where a mask makes contact with their skin, they should request a repeat face fit test to ensure the mask still fits correctly.

The British Safety Industry Federation recommend that testing is repeated within 2 years (or earlier if RPE is the primary or sole means of control).

Please note that your face fit test is specific to a mask model and size and if you were to switch to a different mask model you would immediately require a face fit test which should be part of the mask selection process.

Upon successful completion of the test, a printed card and a certificate will be issued for each individual as proof that the test has been passed.