Armco Asbestos Training is the leading provider of comprehensive fit testing services for individuals and organisations across the United Kingdom. We are committed to ensuring that your respiratory protective equipment (RPE) fits perfectly, providing optimal protection against airborne hazards in your workplace. Our experienced team of fit testing professionals use the latest equipment and techniques to deliver accurate, reliable results for your peace of mind.

Why Face Fit Testing is Important

A correctly fitted face mask is crucial for effective protection against airborne contaminants, such as dust, mould, and chemicals. An ill-fitting mask can leave you exposed to these hazards, increasing the risk of respiratory problems and other health issues. Regular face mask fit testing ensures that your RPE is providing the highest level of protection possible, keeping you and your employees safe in the workplace.

Our Face Mask Fit Testing Services

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Our qualitative fit testing service is a reliable, cost-effective method for determining the fit of your face mask. Using a simple taste test, our trained technicians assess the fit of your mask to ensure a proper seal. This method is suitable for half-face masks and disposable masks.For a more precise evaluation of your mask’s fit, our quantitative fit testing service utilises advanced technology to measure the effectiveness of the seal. This method is ideal for full-face masks and provides numerical data on the level of protection your mask offers.

Benefits of Face Fit Testing

How to Prepare for a Fit Test:

To ensure the most accurate results, please follow these guidelines before your fit test:

  1. Be clean-shaven, as facial hair can interfere with the mask’s seal
  2. Avoid eating, drinking, or smoking at least 30 minutes before the test
  3. Bring your own mask or choose from our selection of available masks
  4. Inform our technicians of any medical conditions that may affect the fit test

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should fit testing be performed?

Fit testing should be performed at least annually or whenever there is a change in the type of mask, the wearer’s facial features, or a significant weight change. Additionally, fit testing should be conducted if the wearer experiences any discomfort or difficulty breathing while wearing their mask, as this may indicate a compromised fit.

What is the difference between qualitative and quantitative fit testing?

Qualitative fit testing is a pass/fail test that relies on the wearer’s sensory response to determine if a proper seal has been achieved. It involves introducing a substance with a distinct taste or smell to the air around the mask, and the wearer reports if they can detect the substance. This method is suitable for half-face masks and disposable masks.

Quantitative fit testing uses advanced technology to measure the actual amount of leakage into the mask. It provides numerical data on the level of protection your mask offers and is more precise than qualitative testing. Quantitative fit testing is ideal for full-face masks and situations where a higher level of accuracy is required.

How long does a fit test take?

A typical fit test usually takes between 15 to 30 minutes per person. The exact duration may vary depending on factors such as the type of test being performed, the mask being tested, and the individual’s familiarity with the process.

What if my face mask fails the test?

If your mask fails the fit test, our technicians will work with you to identify the cause of the issue and provide recommendations for improving the fit. This may involve adjusting the mask’s straps, repositioning the mask on your face, or selecting a different mask size or model. In some cases, it may be necessary to try multiple masks to find the best fit for your face shape and size. Our team will guide you through this process to ensure you achieve a proper seal for optimal protection.

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Ready to schedule your face mask fit testing? Contact our friendly team today to discuss your needs and book an appointment.

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