Updated: Mar 16
Face fit testing is a process used to ensure that respiratory protective equipment (RPE), such as masks or respirators, fits the wearer's face properly and provides effective protection against airborne hazards.
Face fit testing should be conducted for any worker who is required to wear RPE as part of their job, and is especially important for workers who are exposed to hazardous substances that can cause lung damage or disease. Examples of industries where face fit testing is commonly required include healthcare, construction, and manufacturing.
There are two main types of face fit testing: qualitative and quantitative.
Qualitative testing involves the use of a test agent, such as a bitter or sweet solution, to determine whether the mask is properly sealed around the face.
Quantitative testing, on the other hand, uses specialised equipment to measure the amount of leakage around the mask seal.
All Health Matters are able to offer qualitative face fit testing alongside respiratory health surveillance including lung function testing.
It is important to note that face fit testing should be performed as part of a broader respiratory protection program, which includes the selection of appropriate RPE based on the specific hazards of the job, training on how to properly use and maintain the equipment, and ongoing monitoring of the effectiveness of the RPE.
The HSE website offers further information about face fit testing.
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