• Practical
  • 15 minutes

Face Fit Testing

Face Fit Testing ensures that participants know how to correctly use respiratory protective equipment, which protects against harmful airborne particles and pollutants. By gaining this knowledge and skill, participants can effectively protect their own health and safety.

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Face fit testing is a simple test which checks whether a person’s mask fits their face shape and size.

An inadequate fit will significantly reduce the protection provided to the wearer and reduction in protection may lead to immediate or long-term ill-health. A correct fitting facepiece is vital at all times to prevent exposure and the Face Fit test also provides verification that the wearer can put the facepiece on correctly.

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Course Summary

  • Using equipment that fits their face
  • Understand how to maintain their equipment where reusable masks are used
  • Know the limitations of the testing regime
  • Understand where re-testing will be required and why

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Face Fit Testing FAQs

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    What is qualitative face fit test?

    In qualitative face fit testing, the effectiveness of a face mask or respirator is assessed by detecting any leaks between the mask and the wearer's face. The wearer performs various exercises while a test agent, such as a bitter or sweet solution, is sprayed or nebulized around the mask. The wearer then indicates if they can detect the test agent's taste or smell. Typically, the testers conduct this test for half-face masks or filtering face pieces (FFP) to assess the seal of the mask against the wearer's face.

    How long is the certificate valid?

    *The certificate is valid until there is a change in the individual's physical condition, such as weight gain or loss, significant dental work, or facial changes in the faceseal area, such as scarring or moles. Some companies may have a retesting policy every one, two, or three years, depending on the level of risk.

What is face fit testing?

Face fit testing is a quick check that ensures a mask fits a person’s face properly. If the fit is poor, it won’t provide enough protection, leading to possible health problems.

It’s important to wear a mask that fits correctly to avoid exposure to harmful substances, and the test also helps to confirm that the wearer is putting on the mask properly.

Does a legal requirement exist for face fit testing?

Certainly! In the UK, it is mandatory for individuals who use respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to undergo a face fit test to ensure that the equipment fits properly and offers adequate protection.

This is a legal requirement under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations.

These regulations were first implemented in the UK in 1988 and they oblige employers to provide appropriate RPE and face fit testing to their employees.

Who would benefit from learning the course?

The law legally requires anyone who wears a tight or close fitting mask to work to undergo a face fit test.

They should have a certificate to prove any tight-fitting mask offers them adequate levels of protection.

What you would learn by attending this fit test training

The training will cover the following topics for participants:

  • Using equipment that fits their face.
  • The need to understand how to maintain their equipment when they use reusable masks.
  • Understand limitations of the testing regime.
  • Identify where re-testing will be necessary and explain the reasons why

Where is the training conducted?

We offer training in two formats: On-Site at your location and Classroom at our offices. With both options, our expert trainers deliver the training in-person, providing personalized instruction and hands-on learning for an effective training experience.

Is the training online, face-to-face, or blended?

Certainly! Expert trainers deliver our face-to-face training at your location or at our office, providing a personalized instruction and hands-on learning experience for maximum effectiveness. Using interactive teaching methods, our experienced professionals engage participants to make the learning enjoyable and effective.

Do you conduct individual or group training for this course?

Yes, we offer both group and individual training options for this course, allowing for flexible learning and tailored instruction to meet the unique needs of each participant.

Entry requirements

Clean shaven is a requirement for persons attending the face fit training. If there is any hair growth between the skin and the facepiece sealing surface, such as stubble, beard, or moustache, it will prevent carrying out the fit test section of the course.

You must refrain from drinking, smoking or eating immediately (15 minutes minimum), before the Fit Test.

How long does the course last?

Around 15 minutes per person

Maximum delegates on one course

Up to 15 delegates

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Course Summary

In this course, you’ll learn how to use respiratory protective equipment (RPE) correctly. You’ll learn how to choose the right equipment for your face, take care of it if it’s reusable, and understand the testing limits. You’ll also learn why it’s important to re-test and when to do it. By the end of the course, you’ll know how to use RPE to stay safe in dangerous environments.

Learning Outcomes


By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Select equipment that fits their face properly
  2. Maintain their equipment when using reusable masks
  3. Understand the limitations of the testing regime
  4. Identify when re-testing is necessary and explain the reasons why.