Face Fit Testing

Making sure you are Face Fit for Purpose

Face masks play a vital role in keeping your staff safe. With a wide range of different types, designs and fits, they have uses in a number of sectors, including healthcare, manufacturing and construction.
Some face masks are loose fitting and cover the nose and mouth. These are designed to protect others from bodily fluids leaving the wearer. Other masks and respirators, like the FFP3, fit tightly, creating a facial seal, for two-way protection. Available with or without valves to allow heat to escape, thereby reducing eyewear fogging, these masks deliver high-level protection against very fine, toxic dusts, fumes and oil and water-based mists. If your workforce needs to wear masks that rely on creating a facial seal, then you are required, by law, to carry out a Face Fit test, to make sure the seal is adequate and providing maximum protection.
At Stronghold Global, we have a dedicated team that are trained and qualified to carry out the practical assessments required for Face Fit Testing. Our assessors have BSIF Fit2Fit accreditation and closely follow HSE protocols and guidelines around COSHH, CLaW and CAW. We can visit your premises, to carry out the testing, which we recommend you conduct at the initial mask selection process, to ensure you purchase the correct models and sizes for your staff. We will also agree a timescale for regular repeat Face Fit testing, usually once a year or every two years, depending on the risk involved with the tasks performed.

Qualitative & Quantitative

There are two types of Face Fit tests. Qualitative testing is used for disposable masks and reusable half-face masks. The test is carried out by one person, who will demonstrate how to correctly position the mask. In the first stage of the test, the individual will be asked to wear a hood, without the mask. The tester will then spray a strong-tasting solution, usually either sweet or bitter, into the hood and ask the person to indicate when they identify it. This will determine that the user is sensitive to the taste and how much of the solution will be needed to perform the test. Next, the user will be asked to wear the test mask and the hood, whilst performing a variety of movements and light exercises to simulate normal working conditions. The tester will spray the solution again. If the user can taste the solution, the seal is not effective.
Quantitative testing is used for all tight-fitting masks and respirators, including full face masks. A particle counting machine is attached to the mask, to detect whether airborne particles are passing into the mask, indicating that the seal is not working correctly. Once a reusable mask has passed the fit test, we can advise the wearer on how to carry out a personal check, each time they use it. When using a correctly fitted mask, the wearer may feel air expel through the mask valve but should not feel air escaping from anywhere else.

Our dedicated team understand how important it is to make sure your staff have everything they need to be able to work safely. Through the use of forecasting, we are able to guarantee an uninterrupted supply of the necessary uniform, workwear and PPE.

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