Face Fit Testing

Protection From

airborne contaminants & hazards

Just as it is important to select the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), it’s also vital that the product fits the individual wearer correctly.

Under the INDG479 regulation, RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment) must be selected correctly, and this requires having a Face Fit test conducted by a competent person. Fit testing conducted under the INDG479 requirements will help ensure that the respirator selected is suitable for the wearer and will offer a secure fit and guidance on how to use it safely and properly going forward. By subjecting each wearer to a Face Fit test, you can be sure that your organisation is meeting and fulfilling the legal requirements.

There are many factors that can affect how well PPE fits the individual wearer, including:

  • The size and shape of the individual’s head
  • The level of training received by the wearer
  • Individual wearer motivation and attitude
  • The extent to which the product has been put on effectively
  • Whether there is facial hair that can affect the seal of a tight-fitting respirator
  • Facial jewellery
  • Other equipment or clothing
Face Fit Testing

Fit Check

  • Conducted by the employee/wearer each
    time they put on PPE
  • Good practice that gives an indication that the PPE is positioned correctly on the wearer
  • Responsibility remains with the employee
  • Shows crude fitting errors
  • Guidance provided in User Instructions

Fit Test

  • Test that must be conducted each time a new model of PPE is selected
  • Conducted by a competent person appointed by the employer
  • Employers responsibility and is a requirement in some countries as part of national regulation

Working with our respiratory partner specialists we can conduct Face Fit Testing/ Fit Validation with your employees. Conducting these tests is imperative to the safety of an individual and is essential to effectively protect the worker from respiratory harm in a setting where airborne toxins or contaminants are a risk.