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RPE Fit Test - Introduction

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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 protection.

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 - Advanced 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 scheme.

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


This Introduction Course includes:CPD Certified

  • Understanding the importance of fit testing
  • Principles of fit testing methods
  • Essential pre-use checking and correct donning of facemasks
  • 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 Airport.

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


The discounted cost of this course is £625 per person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments).


Comments & Feedback
"Excellent knowledge from presenter.  Lots of opportunity to ask questions or seek further advice.  Plenty of handouts on practical testing and time to reflect on results".

Dave Parry (CLEAPSS)




Please note the invoice option is not available within 4 weeks of the course date, or for overseas customers.  If you are selecting the invoice option for payment, it will be mandatory to input a purchase order/reference number as we are unable to process booking forms without this.

For further dates and additional information email: or contact the Training and Events Team at HSE directly on +44 (0)203 028 3704.

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Related Information


RPE Essentials

RPE Fit Test Advanced

Case Study

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) Fit Testing

Relevant Publications

HSG53: Respiratory protective equipment

Contact Details

Training & Conferences Unit
Harpur Hill
Buxton, Derbyshire
SK17 9JN

T: +44 (0)1298 218806