Face Fit Testing

Face Fit Testing is available at Sorted4Safety. All UK employees who wear tight-fitting Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) must have a certificate to prove that the protective equipment they wear during work not only fits them, but also affords them the effective protection necessary for the task being performed. Face Fit Testing is a Legal Requirement. All testing is conducted by one of our Fit2Fit accredited trainers.

What is Face Fit Testing?

A face fit test is a simple test which checks whether a person's mask fits their face shape and size. When worn correctly RPE (respiratory protective equipment) should protect the wearer from airborne hazards (particulates, dusts, gases etc).

Face Fit Testing should be conducted with a qualitative test on an individual to ensuring a proper fitting RPE which is approved by Fit2Fit safety standards and conducted by an approved RPE accredited tester.

The performance of tight-fitting facepieces depends on achieving a good contact between the wearer’s skin and the face seal of the facepiece.This can only be tested during a face fit test. A fit test should be carried out as part of the initial selection of the RPE.

Why is Face Fit Testing Important?

People come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. It is unlikely that one particular type, or size of RPE facepiece, will fit everyone. For this reason, manufacturers offer different size and shape facepieces such as masks, visors and hoods.

The performance of tight-fitting facepieces depends on achieving a good contact between the wearer’s skin and the face seal of the facepiece. A poor fit will significantly reduce the protection the RPE can provide you.

Any reduction in protection can put your life in danger or may lead to immediate or long-term ill health.

It is useful to check that you can put on your RPE correctly. Correct fitting of the facepiece is always vital to prevent exposure.