What is Face Fit Testing?

Recent research indicates that up to 50% of all Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) does not give the protection it should because it simply does not fit! This can expose your employees to serious risks to their health.

Face Fit testing ensures that an adequate protective seal can be formed when wearing RPE. The test will provide reassurance to your employees and help your company to comply with the law.

We use the 3M Qualitative Face Fit Test Kit.

Want to be able to carry out tests within your organisation yourself?  See our course, Face Fit Train the Tester.

Key Information

Cost per person: £75 +VAT

Time: The test can take around 1 hour for each person.

Equipment: Please bring your own masks to be tested with. A selection is advisable.

Please be advised for the test to be carried out:

  • You cannot eat, drink, smoke or vape 30 minutes before the test is due to begin as this can affect the quality of the test.
  • The person being tested must be clean-shaven.  A beard or stubble means that a suitable seal cannot be made and renders the mask ineffective.
  • You must bring with you the masks you wish to use- a selection is advised in case of a poor fit.  HCS Safety do not provide masks.
  • If you require advice on what mask would be suitable please contact us.

What is involved in a face fit test?

The desired mask is worn by the wearer with a testing hood over the top. A bitter or sweet spray is then sprayed into the hood. If the wearer can taste the spray then it proves a poor fit, if there is no indication of the spray reaching the wearer the fit is deemed suitable for use.