Why do we need it?
To ensure that the protective mask you wear is suitable for your face profile in order to maximise protection against harmful airborne substances. Recent research has shown that around 50% of RPE used does not offer the wearer the level of protection assumed. The major reason for this is that it simply does not fit.
What are the legal requirements?
The supporting guidance for COSH, CLAW and CAW recommends face fit testing as a method of ensuring an adequate face seal. The HSE may prosecute for not testing unless it can be proven that procedures meet or exceed the face fit testing protocol laid down in HSE guidance, OC 282/28.