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What is a Face-Fit Test?

Asbestos is a very fine particulate making it vital to ensure that a close fit of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is achieved, otherwise protection is significantly reduced.

Face-Fit Tests:


  • Ensure that wearers of RPE use a model of respirator that adequately protects them from airborne particles. The test checks that a selected face-piece fits the facial features of the wearer and makes an adequate seal with their face, reducing the access of contaminants into the breathing area.
  • Teach wearers how to correctly put on and wear the facepiece each time they need one.

Why do I need a Face-Fit Test?

An individual face-fit test is required before any work with asbestos-containing materials can be undertaken. The HSE highlight that fit test records for each person wearing RPE should be kept available for inspection upon request. HSE282/28 details face-fit testing requirements.

What is involved?


  • It is vital for delegates to be clean-shaven on the day of training.
  • We provide a filtering face-piece for each delegate. From experience we have found the Alpha Solway 3030v with FFP3 filtration to be a mask that fits 99% of people successfully, which is great for the client as they are relatively cheap and easy to get hold of!
  • Delegates are taught to put the tight-fitting mask on correctly and then have a hood placed over their head. The air inside the hood is then filled with a non-toxic, bitter aerosol. A series of movement tests are then performed to ensure an effective seal is maintained – if the delegate can taste the bitter flavour then an adequate seal has not been achieved.
  • Delegates have their Face-Fit Test result displayed on their training certificate and the client is provided with a test record sheet.

Repeat Face-Fit testing is only needed after 3-years or a gain/loss in body weight of 10% or alterations to facial shape (broken nose etc!) however it is advised by the HSE that re-training on fitting RPE is given annually.

We are able to deliver on-site training courses in all these regions:

Avon, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Borders, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Central Scotland, Cheshire,  Cleveland, Clwyd, Cornwall, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Dumfries/Galloway, Dyfed, East Sussex, Essex, Fife, Gloucestershire, Grampian, Greater Manchester, Gwent, Gwynedd County, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Highlands, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, London, Lothian, Merseyside, Mid Glamorgan, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Powys, Shropshire, Somerset, South Glamorgan, Staffordshire, Strathclyde, Suffolk, Surrey, Tayside, Tyne and Wear, Warwickshire, West Glamorgan, West Midlands, West Sussex, Wiltshire, Worcestershire & Yorkshire

Bangor, Bath, Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Cardiff, Carlisle, Chester, Chichester, Coventry, Derby, Durham, Edinburgh, Ely, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Kingston upon Hull, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester, Lichfield, Lincoln, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newport, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Salford, Salisbury, Sheffield, Southampton, St Albans, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland, Swansea, Truro, Wakefield, Wells, Winchester, Wolverhampton, Worcester, York