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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.
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.