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Face Fit Testing

A face fit test is a procedure that ensures the Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) you use fits correctly to protect against hazards identified in a risk assessment.

As detailed in the CoSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) regulations, it is a legal requirement that those using tight fitting RPE must be fit tested by a competent person.

Why Take the Face Fit Testing?

Our Qualitative Face Fit Test (QLFT) is a pass or fail test of your RPE to check it is fit for purpose.

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, Control of Asbestos Regulations and Control of Lead at Work, face fit testing is imperative.

If you haven’t taken a test for a long time, you may also need to take a new one. Over time your mask will 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.

What Does this Face Fit Testing Involve

Face Fit Testing involves one of two testing procedures (Qualitative or Quantitative); each are designed to ensure the seal of a mask is adequately fitted to the wearer’s face.

It also involves various prescribed exercises within the testing procedure, whcih is designed to check whether the mask’s seal will stay tight to the user’s skin.


This course can be delivered in the following ways:

3B Training can deliver courses for a group of your employees in-house at your site or venue of your choice.

We can also arrange for the Face Fit Train The Tester as an in-house course specifically for your company.

This format is perfect if you have many individuals who need to conduct face fit testing in your organisation.

In-house training is a popular option for larger clients as it can be delivered on-site, and you can interact and discuss company-specific examples during the training.

Bespoke courses are priced on a case-by-case basis depending on the location, delivery method, the number of kits required and the number of delegates.

Complete the training enquiry form on this page, and one of our friendly team will be in touch to provide a quote.


  • Have your RPE correctly fitted so it achieves a seal
  • You can book for a time that suits you
  • Protect yourself from hazardous substances
  • Work in line with current regulations
  • Valid for two years
Key Components of the Face Fit Test from the tester’s point of view:
  • Selecting the respirator based on the hazards and user
  • Selecting the correct method for the job (qualitative or quantitative)
  • Face fit exercises, simulating movement of everyday use
  • Adjusting, inspecting, and retesting the mask if a failure occurs
  • Record keeping, ensuring that all the information on the test is recorded correctly for compliance purposes
Face Fit course was excellent. John is a really knowledgeable instructor. Thank you.
David Hughes
Fantastic Trainer, with a great knowledge of his subject.
James Ackland


  • How long is a Face Fit Test?
    How long is a Face Fit Test?

    A Face Fit Test can vary in duration but will typically take around 25 minutes and will not affect the productivity of your schedule.

    We can arrange a time with you beforehand and get you fitted when it suits you.

  • What are the requirements for participants of the Face Fit Testing?

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

    You must be clean shaven or we will be unable to conduct the test.

  • Where can I take the Face Fit test?

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

  • How long is the Face Fit Testing certificate valid for?

    3B Training will issue a certificate as evidence the face fit test has been passed.

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


Enquire to receive a quote for in-house training.

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