Quantitative Face Fit Testing Training – PortaCount (APC Method)

We are a fit2fit approved training provider, the fit2fit approval scheme requires the course content to be submitted to fit2fit so it can be scrutinised to ensure that what is being delivered is fully compliant with the HSE’s guidance and protocols.

Our Face Fit Train the Tester Courses are:

  • Fit2Fit Approved, we are 1 of only 5 companies in the UK to be approved for qualitative & quantitative face fit testing training (August 2020).
  • Delivered by experienced instructors who are also Fit2Fit accredited face fit testers.
  • A Full Days Training Course, it is not possible to deliver this course properly as a half day course.

We Will:

  • Train you to the highest possible standards.
  • Provide you with a resource pack to enable you to run your own face fit testing successfully.
  • Provide you with on-going support where required after your training course.
  • Comply with Government COVID Secure Guidance (if the training is on your site then suitable facilities will need to be provided).

Quantitative Face Fit Testing (APC method):

A quantitative face fit test can be used on all respirator types, full face, reusable half masks and disposables.

The test requires the use of an ambient particle counting device (TSI PortaCount) this is an objective test, we are not relying on any input from the test subject, the machine determines the pass or fail.

We are a TSI stockist so we can supply you with your PortaCount machine and all accessories.

Due to the coronavirus we have had to make significant changes in how we conduct our face fit testing train the tester course on site at our customers premises.

Only a maximum of 4 trainees per course. 

The room provided has to be large enough for the instructor plus 4 people to allow for social distancing and to allow for the setting up of the equipment. If the room isn’t big enough then we will reduce the number of trainees accordingly.

The room requires natural ventilation and access to clean drinking water is also required.

Attendees will always be expected to practice safe social distancing during the testing session.

Where social distancing cannot be maintained due to the needs of the job then face coverings (masks) will be used to minimise the risk and will be done for the shortest amount of time possible.

All masks for your staff need to be supplied by you, our testers will bring their own masks and gloves with them.

Want us to come and do your face fit testing for you?

Why not visit our face fit testing page for more information.

Training can be conducted on your site/premises anywhere in the UK for 1 – 4 trainees – subject to specific room requirements.

Alternatively, we run open courses where you can book 1 or more places on a public course – see our upcoming events list.

All our courses include a resource pack.

If you need to answer the question where can I learn to be a face fit tester? or how to do face fit testing? then we can help.

If you are looking for a train the trainer course, sadly this course does not exist.

In order to be qualified to teach others to conduct face fit testing first of all you must attend a train the tester course like ours and be trained up by a qualified professional.

Then you need to gain knowledge, experience and become fit2fit accredited then you would be able to train others to conduct face fit testing.

By attending a train the tester course you will be able to conduct face fit testing on others.

Training can be conducted on your site/premises anywhere in the UK for 1 – 4 trainees. Alternatively, we run open courses where you can book 1 or more places on a public course.

Contact us today for a price – all our prices are fully inclusive with no hidden extras.

Just 1 or 2 people? Why not book onto an open course

Enquire now to book on your site, or find out more about this course below.

This course is conducted on your site for a maximum of 4 trainees and is delivered by one of our competent instructors who are also fit2fit accredited for quantitative face fit testing.

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Quantitative Fit Testing

Quantitative face fit testing will provide a numerical measure of the RPE’s effectiveness. This is known as a fit factor.

These tests give an objective measure of the face fit, something not offered with a qualitative test.

Quantitative testing requires specialised equipment such as the Portacount. They are more complicated to carry out than qualitative tests, however this type of test is required for all full face mask respirators. A qualitative test can only be used on half mask respirators.

The TSI Portacount is an ambient particle counting device. It works by measuring the number of particles that leak into the mask, comparing this with the particle number challenging it. This is done while the wearer carries out a number of exercises.

Course Content

Our course has been approved by fit2fit. The content of our course has been judged to include all aspects of the health and safety executive’s face fitting guidance and protocols. They will be delivered by a fit2fit accredited face fitter.

Newly revised information relating to Face Fit Testing includes document INDG 479 which states that Face Fit Testing should only be conducted by a trained ‘Competent Person’. For example, competency includes knowledge of the theoretical aspects of Fit Testing, RPE and methodology as well as skills in practical Face Fit Testing.

Most importantly a ‘competent person’ should have sufficient experience of Face Fit Testing using a variety of different makes and models of RPE. Our Quantitative Face Fit Test Operator Training course is a full-day course aimed at those who have responsibility to manage or conduct Fit Testing in the workplace.

  • Background to Face Fit Testing
  • Legislation and Guidance, INDG 479, HSG53 etc.
  • Installation and Operation of Equipment
  • Sampling from the Facepiece
  • Fit Test Protocols and Pass Levels
  • Set-up and Running Procedures
  • Practical face fit testing
  • Troubleshooting & Problem Solving
  • Fit Test Failures and Re-Tests
  • Planning & Managing a Fit Testing Program
  • Data Handling and Storage

Who Should Attend Our Course?

This course is for anyone who wishes to conduct face fit testing using the quantitative method on the full range of tight fitting RPE i.e. full face mask, half face reusable mask, SCBA, disposable masks etc.

In order to conduct quantitative face fit testing you must have access to a PortaCount machine which cost thousands of pounds to purchase.

If you are only wanting to test reusable half masks and disposable masks then the qualitative taste test may be more cost effective and appropriate to your needs.

Training Requirements

This 1 day training course is fit2fit approved and will be conducted by an instructor who is fit2fit accredited for quantitative face fit testing.

The face fit training can be carried out on any site that has suitable facilities (power, seating, toilets, clean water etc.) in the UK for a maximum of 4 trainees (to maximise practical experience).

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