HSL: RPE Fit Test – Introduction – HSL Buxton, 3 Nov 2016

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HSL is to run a 1 day course on RPE Fit Test – Introduction.

3 November 2016


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
correct facepiece.

This course will explain the importance of fit testing, the
responsibilities of employers and introduce the various fit testing
methods. 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 2 methods
which are extensively and almost exclusively in use in the
UK.  It is therefore ideal for those new to, or relatively new
to, practical fit testing and also suitable for those with
responsiblility for correct selection of respiratory

This is in an introductory course which 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.  Our
Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) fit testing -
course is suitable for those who are well on
the way to becoming competent fit testers and are possibly
considering applying for accreditation under the Fit2Fit

All course presenters are Fit2Fit accredited fit testers, some
were actively involved in the development of the Fit2Fit


This Introduction Course includes:

  • Understanding the importance of fit testing

  • Principles of fit testing methods

  • Essential pre-use checking and correct donning of

  • Responsibilities of employers and fit testers

  • Qualitative fit testing using Bitrex or Saccharin

  • Quantitative fit testing using the Portacount


Who should attend:

Individuals who are new to or relatively new to practical fit
testing and those with responsibility for correct selection of
respiratory protection.

More information on the Fit2Fit scheme is available at


The course will be run at the HSL laboratory 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 International

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


The discounted cost of this course is £495 per
person (includes course notes, lunch and


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or contact the Training & Conferences Unit

at HSL directly on +44 (0)1298 218806.

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