Assessing the safety of face masks
If your employee wears a face mask in order to carry out work, they need to be face fit tested.
A face fit test is a simple 20-minute test which checks whether a person’s mask fits their face shape and size.
Here at Insight Health Screening, we offer the qualitative face fit testing method. This is a simple pass or fail test, based on whether the wearer is able to detect a test agent. The qualitative test is suitable for disposable half masks and re-usable half mask respirators.
Whilst they are wearing the mask, a test agent is sprayed into a hood worn over the head. If the wearer can detect the test agent, then the mask leaks and does not provide a good enough fit. We use Bitrex (bitter) or Saccharin (sweet) solutions.