Face Fit Testing
Negative pressure Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) which requires a tight fit to work correctly needs to fit the wearer’s face well in order to work correctly and provide the expected protection.
As faces come in all shapes and sizes, each wearer needs to be supplied with a facepiece which matches their face. Fit testing demonstrates how well a facepiece matches the individual’s face; it is used to select a facemask which is a good match for them.
Fitting the mask
Respirators are available in different designs and sizes. Some are valved and some unvalved – both options provide a high level of protection when worn correctly. Face fit testing is a means of assessing how well a respirator seals to a face. It has to be an individual test because one model will never fit all and every face is different.
Fit tests may fail, and protection will be lost, if the mask isn’t being worn properly. Sometimes a mask simply won’t fit an individual, but often a better fit can be achieved by taking more care when putting it on. Wearers must be clean-shaven to get a good fit with a respirator.
Peritus Health Management can undertake qualitative face fit testing on your site or ours. Contact us for more details.
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