The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has compiled guidance regarding the fit testing for the employer and for those conducting fit tests.


Following this guidance is not compulsory and you are free to take other actions to comply with the requirements of the law. But if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. Health and safety inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to this guidance as illustration of good practice.


The HSE does not approve nor recommend any particular fit testing equipment. Any equipment included in this guidance provides representative information.


The guidance includes –

■ information on fit test methods;

■ information on what can be achieved from a fit test; and

■ the core information to be included in a fit test report.


To view the complete resources created by the HSE on the subject please click on this link Positive Venture – Document Share – HSE Guidance Fit Testing (RPE)


Below is a video presentation from the HSE.


This advice is  for healthcare workers about putting on respirators and making sure they have been fit checked, so you are are properly protected during the coronavirus outbreak. You must pass a fit test before you start using your respirator, this will make sure you are using the correct model and size for your face.