RPE Fit Testing – Qualitative method
Tight-fitting Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) 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. HSE's relevant Approved Codes Of Practice
(ACOP) require that fit testing be carried out as part of the
initial RPE selection process, to ensure that the wearer has the
This course will explain the importance of fit testing, the
responsibilities of employers and introduce fit testing using the
qualitative method. The course will cover all the fit testing
criteria set out in HSE's fit testing guidance document INDG 479.
Practical sessions will cover the essential skills of pre-use
checking and correct donning of facepieces, before going on to
provide opportunity to practice fit testing using the qualitative
This training course will provide a good foundation on which to
build practical fit testing skills. To become a competent fit
tester will require considerable additional practice and
experience. More information on demonstrating fit testing
competency can be found on the Fit2Fit accreditation website at https://www.fit2fit.org/.
All course presenters are Fit2Fit accredited fit testers.
Each course will cover:
- Understanding the importance of fit testing
- Principles of fit testing
- Essential pre-use checking and correct donning of
- Responsibilities of employers and fit testers
- Qualitative fit testing - theory and practical
Who should attend?
Individuals who are seeking knowledge in the principles of fit
testing and to develop practical experience in carrying out fit
testing. The course is also suitable for those with the
responsibility for correct selection of respiratory protection.
The course will be run at the HSE Science and Research Centre in
the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District
and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester
The cost of each course is £650 (includes course notes and
Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit
card at the time of booking.
For further dates and additional information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
contact the Training and Events Team at HSE directly on +44 (0)203
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