Face Fit Testing Kits

The Respirator Shop stocks qualitative face fit testing kits which are a mandatory requirement under (COSHH) the control of substances hazardous to health regulations 2002 & the Approved Code of Practice (ACop) .

The face fit testing kit are suitable for face fit testing of all brands of disposable dust masks & resusable half masks. The most popular face fit testing kits are the Alpha Solway & Moldex face fit test kits.

Further details including spare face fit test solutions and hoods can be seen below.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

01: Why do we need to undertake a face fit test?

An ill-fitting mask or a mask that has been put on incorrectly can leave small gaps between the face and respirator reducing protection. A face fit test will ensure that the correct mask & advice is provided & the full protection is afforded for the wearer.

A correct fitting mask is vital to prevent exposure to dangerous hazards.

02: Are all masks required to be face fitted?

All tight face fitting masks such as disposable masks (FFP Masks) (EN 149) as well as reusable half masks (EN 140)& Full Face Masks (EN 136) are required to be face fitted by the employer.

There is a legal requirement that all employees should be face fitted if wearing any tight face fitting masks such as FFP dust masks (EN 149) (including FFP1, FFP2 & FFP3 Dust Masks), reusable half masks (EN140) & Full Face Masks (EN136).

Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) (EN12941) and compressed air units (EN139 & (EN270) are not required to be face fitted.

03: What Respiratory Face Fit Testing is required?

There are two methods of face fit testing available for Disposable masks, Reusable Half Masks & Full Face masks:

• Qualitative fit testing

Approved by the HSE, Qualitative face fit testing is a simple 20 minutes subjective assessment of leakage, incorporating a face fit test hood & strong tasting / smelling solutions using a nebuliser.

If the wearer cannot taste or smell the additives an adequate facial seal has been shown. This test can be carried out by a competent person trained to HSE standard.

Applicable Masks:

Disposable Dust Masks

Reusable Half Masks

• Quantitative fit testing

Quantitative face fit testing is a far more accurate test measuring the level of particles both within & outside the mask creating a fit factor ratio. The higher the fit factor the better the seal.

Applicable Masks:

Disposable Dust Masks

Reusable Half Masks

Full Face Masks

04: What could make a face fit test Fail?

All testing must be undertaken on a clean shaven face. Outstanding facial features including facial hair, scars & jewellery can all prevent an adequate seal between mask & face being achieved.

The results of the taste test could also be compromised if the wearer has impaired taste of smell or is a smoker. (Must not smoke for 24hrs)

05: How can I organise Face Fit Testing for Disposable & Reusable Masks?

Respirator shop have HSE approved qualitative face fit test kits available for the testing of disposable & reusable masks & can be carried out by a competent person trained to HSE standard.

Alternatively, we provide a nationwide service so If you would like us to face fit your staff please email us your full company details to include number of staff requiring testing, RPE products being used.

06: How can I organise Face Fit Testing for Full Face Masks?

We provide a nationwide service providing quantitative face fits testing for Full Face Mask testing. If you would like us to face fit your staff please email us your full company details to include number of staff requiring testing, RPE products being used.

07: Can I buy spare parts for my Face Fit Test Kit?

Respirator shop stock all the different elements of the testing kits including the Bitrex testing & sensitivity solutions, nebulisers & face fit testing hoods.

08: How many tests can I carry out with one ampoule of test solution?

Each ampoule contains 2.5ml of solution and can test between 3-4 people per test ampoule.