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Face Fit Training (Train the Tester)

Qualitative Fit Method - Standard Half Mask Testing using Bitrex or Saccharin)

Introduction: It is a legal requirement that everyone in your organisation who wears any type of Face Mask must be Face Fit Tested to ensure the Face Mask they wear fits correctly and protects them against harmful substances e.g. asbestos, silica dust and other hazardous chemicals.

We at Safescope have been providing Face Fit Testing services for more than a decade and will be pleased to assist in testing your staff, however, if you choose to train your own staff to carry out the Face Fit Testing, we will also be pleased to train the nominated individuals in your organisation so that they can carry out the Face Fit Testing for their colleagues.

In addition to background knowledge, this training heavily focuses on practical exercises and tutorials to equip the attendees to carry out the testing on their own with confidence.

Our qualified and competent trainers not only provide the Mask Face Fit Training, but also carry out Face Fit Testing frequently. Therefore, this training course draws upon and reflects our practical knowledge and experience and provides hands-on problem solving techniques in different testing scenarios.

This course is intended to train the attendees, enabling them to carry out standard half Mask Face Fit Testing independently using Bitrex or Saccharin.

Course Outlines:

  • Introduction to Face Fit Testing
  • Necessity for Face Fit Testing
  • Legal Requirements
    • What the Law Says (COSHH, Asbestos, Lead)
    • HSE Information Document 282/28
    • HSE Guidance HSG53 and INDG479
  • Different Types of Face Masks
  • Selecting the Correct Face Mask
  • Mask Fit Testing Methods
  • Bitrex of Saccharin (Taste Based) Mask Fit Testing
  • Mask Fit Testing - Practical Tutorial and Exercises
  • Mask Fit Testing - Common Problems and Solutions
  • Mask Fit Testing - Templates Documents and Certificate
  • Available Guidance
  • Course Assessment
  • Conclusion and Discussion

Course Duration: One Day (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Venue:  Client premises or our office at Felaw Maltings, 44 Felaw St, Ipswich, IP2 8SJ

Cost (In-house / In-company Course):  £650 + VAT

Cost Discount: 5% discount for Safescope current annual retainer Clients

Maximum Class Size: 6 attendees

Areas Covered:  London, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk

Weekend Training:  Subject to staff availability, we may be able to deliver this training on Saturdays, however, a 50% premium will apply

Delivery Method:  Classroom

Course Assessment:   Practical Face Fit Testing

Certificate:  Certificate of Training

Certificate Validity: 3 Years Recommended

Trainer:  Safescope in-house qualified and competent trainers. Important to note that we do not use any external training consultants

How to Book?: To book, and for training outside the above geographical regions, please contact us either by phone on 01473 407020 or by email

We also carry out Mask Face Fit Testing, please follow the link for more information.

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