Face Fit Testing

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Address:201 The Waterfront, Stonehouse Business Park, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, GL10 3UT

Duration:1/2 dayC

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Duration: 1/2 dayC
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This course has been specifically designed for personnel who are required to carry out face fit testing of Respiratory Protective Equipment, ensuring continued compliance with the HSE and industry guidelines.


To provide delegates with the required degree of competence, skill and expertise to carry out face fit testing, supported by the necessary underlying knowledge. On successful completion of this training course, delegates will have sufficient knowledge and expertise to carry out face fit testing in accordance with the Health and Safety Executive and accepted good practice.


Course Content
  • Introduction
  • The History of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE)
  • Routes of Entry
  • Types of RPE
  • Types of Face Fit Testing
  • The Principles of Face Fit Testing
  • Correct use and donning of Disposable Respirators
  • Fit Testing Requirements
  • Keeping records
  • The Implications of Fit Testing
  • BSIF / HSE Fit2Fit Accreditation Scheme
  • HSE 282/28 Guidance
  • Multiple Choice Test
Some useful information about Face Fit Testing

A recent in-depth investigation of a small sample of companies showed only around half were effective in protecting the wearer through their use of RPE as a control. We looked at the reasons for this and found there were four different groups. However, only one could be confident that their workers will be protected. You will fall into one of these four groups of RPE users:

  • Proficient, companies with a fit-for-purpose RPE programme, managers with an acceptable level of RPE competence
  • Developers, companies with systems in place, and generally aware of what they need to do, but still some way to go with implementation of their RPE programme
  • Learners, companies without fully effective RPE practices, managers in the process of establishing a formal RPE programme
  • Fortuitous, companies with workers protected from respiratory hazards despite a significant RPE knowledge and skills gap at managerial level and the absence of a structured RPE programme

If you recognise yourself or your company as a developer, learner or fortuitous, there is a danger your RPE is not protecting your workers. To be confident that you are protecting workers, you need be amongst those we term proficient, having both sufficient knowledge and achieving the proper control.

If you would like to read more about RPE and Face Fit Testing, then please click on the following link to download a free leaflet from the HSE website: Click Here