Face Fit Testing

Why is face fit testing needed?

In addition to being a legal requirement, it is imperative when wearing RPE, that it fits. Ill-fitting RPE will provide little or no protection to the wearer. We should not expect that one mask will fit all faces, we all come in different shapes and sizes, so for one mask to achieve universal fit is extremely unlikely. For this reason, the mask needs to be fit tested to the wearers face.

When should a face fit test be undertaken?

The mask should be fit tested during the selection process; it is important to include fit testing at the very beginning of an RPE program. This will avoid any unnecessary financial outlay on RPE which is subsequently found to be ill-fitting. In addition, repeat fit testing should be carried out in the following circumstances:
 Change mask model or size
 Loses or gains weight
 Undergoes any substantial dental work
 Develops any facial changes such as scars, moles etc around the face seal area
 Regularly as per your RPE program

“Fit2Fit recommends that a suitable interval for repeat fit testing is 2 years. In some situations, however, more frequent repeat fit testing may be appropriate, particularly where RPE is being used as a primary or sole means of control.” (Fit2fit companion)

What else do you need to consider?

During the test, any additional PPE which may affect the fit of the mask should be considered and worn during the fit test. Examples of additional PPE could be eyewear or ear protection, these will be noted on the final fit test certificate.
Our testers at Environmental Essentials have many years’ experience both fit testing and wearing various RPE types. We can ensure you and your employees are wearing masks which fit, providing them the best protection possible.

We can also help your business to achieve compliance with a robust RPE program protecting you, your employees, and your business.

To discuss face fit testing further, please get in touch:
Sarah Higginson – shigginson@environmentalessentails.co.uk