Health and Safety Courses

Face Fit Testing Course

Why do you need Face Fit Testing? RPE can’t protect the wearer if it leaks. The leading cause of leaks is due to inadequate or tight-fitting facepieces. The mask needs to fit the wearer’s face to work effectively.

People have different shaped faces, so it is unlikely that one particular type or size of RPE facepiece will fit everyone. However, fit testing will ensure that the mask selected is appropriate for the wearer and serves its purpose.

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  • Have your RPE correctly fitted so it achieves a seal
  • A flexible course that you can book for a time that suits you
  • Protect yourself from hazardous substances
  • Work in line with current regulations
  • Valid for three years
Face Fit Testing Course

Face Fit Testing course content

The course structure will be as followed:

  • You will wear your selected RPE and perform a sequence of light exercises. (A trained operator will assess the exercises. The operator will conduct a qualitative test).
  • The qualitative test is for half-mask but not full masks.

If the mask is unsuitable for the wearer, this will incur a fail. We can repeat the test until the mask achieves a proper seal.

How long is a Face Test?

A Face Fit Test can vary in duration depending on how many times the test needs to be retaken to achieve a seal.

The test will normally take around 30 minutes and will not affect the productivity of your schedule. We can arrange a time of training with you beforehand and get you fitted when it suits you.

Why should I take this course?

By taking a face fit test for your RPE, you provide yourself with the best protection against inhaling hazardous materials. Many airborne materials such as asbestos can lead to work-related illness and death.

The law also says that anyone who wears a tight-fitting mask for their work must attend a face fit test. To work in line with regulations such as COSHH, CAR and CLaW, face fit testing is imperative.

If you haven’t taken a test for a long time, You may also need to attend this course. Over time your mask will face wear and tear, or you may have lost/gained weight, so your face shape is different. Regular testing is vital to remain protected from hazardous materials.

Is the course accredited?

3B Training accredit this course and issue certification.

In addition, all of our testers have undergone a Face Fit Testing Workshop before attending, delivered by a Fit2Fit approved tutor.

Face Fit Testing entry requirements

To attend the test, you must provide the mask on the day that you use for work.

It would be best if you also were cleanly shaven, or we will refuse to test you, as we will not achieve a seal.

Where can I complete this course?

You can book Face Fit Tests at a 3B Training venue from which staff operate or at a venue of your choice. To enquire, complete the enquiry form on this page. We will be in touch to arrange a suitable date and time and will quote based on delegate numbers and location.

Further Development

On completion of the course, you should have a proper fitting RPE and a certificate. We can produce certificates on the same day. However, you must pay before the testing date.

Your certificate will remain valid for three years, although we recommend that you retest regularly.

If you would like to learn how to conduct Face Fit Testing yourself, you want to attend the Face Fit Testing Workshop?

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