In line with current Health & Safety and industry guidance, where Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is issued by an employer, it must be able to provide adequate protection for an individual wearer. In order to achieve this, the RPE must fit the wearer’s face and must not leak, in order to be considered effective.

To provide evidence that the RPE is suitable for the wearer, a face fit test is required for the type of mask issued. A mask that does not fit the wearer correctly (i.e. it is too large or too small) will not provide the protection anticipated due to an ineffective seal being formed between the RPE and the wearer’s face.

Read the HSE guidance on Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) face-fit testing to avoid transmission.

Bradley Environmental have a team of expert consultants who are able to carry out Qualitative Face Fit Testing at your premises, or at one of our Open Clinics.

We can work in Partnership with our customers to ensure your staff:

  • are adequately protected from airborne hazards present in their work environment by ensuring they have been issued with correctly fitted RPE;
  • are adequately trained in how to correctly wear and maintain (if necessary) their RPE;

A face fit certificate will be provided for each member of staff, upon completion of a successful face fit test.

Face Fit Testing at your Premises

Bradley Environmental have a team of expert Face Fit Testers who are also able to carry out Qualitative Face Fit Testing at your own premises for groups of people.

Half day sessions (up to 7 delegates) cost from £280.00. Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Reusable Half-Masks can be purchased for £36.00 + flters.

What is Qualitative Face Fit Testing?

Qualitative Face Fit Testing relies on a wearer’s subjective assessment of the mask’s ability to create an effective seal to the face. The method of testing uses a nebuliser of a bitter or sweet tasting substance to challenge the mask’s seal throughout a series of tests. The test takes around twenty minutes and requires the user to wear a hood over their head and shoulders. The user will put on the RPE and secure it in position, then the hood will be fitted over their head and, once in place, the bitter or sweet substance will be sprayed into the hood throughout various exercises which are designed to replicate normal movement whilst undertaking work activities. If the substance cannot be tasted during the exercises, the Face Fit Test will have been deemed successful. However, if can be tasted, the RPE will be adjusted and the test will repeated. If no seal can be achieved, an alternative design of mask will need to be found for the wearer before a re-test is attempted.

Qualitative face fit testing is only suitable for half masks and disposable (FFP) masks.

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