We offer Quantitative Facefit Testing for disposable and reusable half masks and full face masks, which ensures customers comply with the relevant HSE requirements.

Any occupation that requires you to wear a tight or close fitting mask requires facefit testing. This is to help protect you against the effects of hazardous materials. Testing should be carried out every 1-2 years and if your face undergoes significant changes to ensure the seal is still in contact.

What is facefit testing?

Facefit testing is required for RPE masks such as disposable half masks, reusable filter or cartridge half masks, full face filter or cartridge masks and escape set masks.

The test checks that a specific model and size of a tight-fitting facepiece matches the wearer’s facial features and seals adequately to the wearer’s face.

Type of fit testing MacGregor's carry out

At MacGregor’s we carry out Quantitative Facefit Testing

  • Quantitative facefit testing provides a numerical measure of how well a face piece seals against a wearer’s face; this is called a fit factor. These tests give an objective measure of a face fit.

Can someone be fit tested who has a beard or stubble?

Candidates must be clean-shaven for their facefit test. Facial hair such as stubble and beards make it impossible to get a good seal of the mask to the face, so a fit test cannot be conducted if there is any hair growth between the wearer’s skin and the facepiece of the mask.

A trimmed goatee beard and moustache inside the seal of the mask may be acceptable in some industries. If there are valid reasons for having a beard, such as religious reasons, alternative forms of RPE are available that do not require a tight fit to the face.

Testing availability

Facefit testing can be carried out in store or at customers premises.

For more information and to book

Contact angela.fry@macgregorsupplies.co.uk for more information.