Respirator Fit

Respirator Fit Testing is a method used for checking that a tight fitting facepiece (mask) matches the persons’ facial features and seals adequately between the wearer’s skin and the face seal of the facepiece. 

Respirator fit testing is a legal requirement in Australia for users of all types of tight fitting respiratory protective equipment including:

  • Disposable P2 or N95 masks
  • Half face masks
  • Full face masks
  • Tight-fitting powered air purifying masks (PAPR)

Quantitative fit testing

We conduct fit testing either on-site at your workplace anywhere throughout Victoria, at our office in Geelong or in Melbourne. 

Quantitative fit testing is performed in accordance with Australian Standard AS/NZS 1715:2009 Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment and ISO 16975-3 Respiratory protective devices – Selection, use and maintenance – Part 3: Fit-testing procedures and the RESP-FIT syllabus as approved by the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists.

We have been conducting Respirator Fit Testing and respiratory protective equipment training for over 28 years on all types of respiratory protective equipment in industry (construction, manufacturing, mining, petrochemical and utilities), emergency services, healthcare, aged care, pharmaceutical and social assistance.

All our fit testing staff:

• Have received three vaccines against Covid-19 and have had the flu vaccine.

• Have been fit tested and wear a suitable N95 / P2 mask when fit testing.

• Will conduct RAT weekly or upon first sign of symptoms for the duration of the fit testing.

• Perform the highest level of infection control when fit testing and during all interactions at your site.

Is fit testing a legal requirement?

Yes, it is!  There are specific legal duties that must be met when providing PPE including tight-fitting RPE which includes ensuring that it is a suitable size, fit and reasonably comfortable.