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Face Fit Testing

Qualitative face fit testing (QFFT) provides employers with written evidence that respiratory protective equipment (RPE) including half mask respirators and disposable face masks ‘fit’ employees

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Why do our customers choose us?

Acorn Health and Safety Face fit TestingFace fit testing allows employers to demonstrate that they are meeting the requirements of a number of statutory duties including those under the Health and Safety at Work Act, COSHH and PPE Regulations for face mask/respiratory mask fitting.

Acorn Health & Safety is a leading provider of health and safety training and consultancy in the South West.  Our trainers and consultants come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds and have considerable, hands on practical experience which is reflected in our grounded, pragmatic approach.

Customers come from an equally diverse range of organisations and businesses but choose Acorn because we’ll keep you on the right side of the law, whilst recognising that health and safety needs to compliment your day to day business activities.

How do we support customers with qualitative face fit testing?

Face fit testing can be provided for both groups on-site and individuals able to visit our premises in Warmley, Bristol.

Testing comprises an initial sensitivity test, followed by a number of practical exercises, designed to mimic typical patterns of movement employees may experience whilst wearing RPE.

There are a number of different reasons why an individual might fail a fit test, which in many cases is down to the poor physical ‘fit’ of the mask.  Should this occur, we can recommend suitable alternatives that are readily available from a range of safety equipment suppliers.

The general requirements for the repeat of face fit testing are that it should be carried out ‘regularly’ or if the wearer:

  • gains or loses weight
  • undergoes significant dental work
  • develops facial changes (scarring, moles etc.) within the face seal area

Companies have varying policies on the frequency of testing, which can range from one to every three years and is often dependent on the risk to which employees might be exposed.  We advise companies to repeat testing at least every two years.  This also provides an opportunity to discuss the type of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) being worn with employees and reinforce good practice with regard to wearing, fitting, storage and general use.

What should you expect from Acorn Health & Safety?

We’ll provide written evidence and a certificate that confirms an employee/s has been ‘fit tested’ for a particular type of mask.

In additional to satisfying the requirements of a number of legal duties this also provides the type of evidence increasingly requested by construction management companies and principal contractors.

For other courses, relevant to your industry or sector please see our industry information page, alternatively we have found that people requiring face fit testing also attend:

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