1. With reverse side up and using tabs, separate top and bottom panels.
2. Pull chin and nose panel tabs until the noseclip bends so that the respirator forms a cup shape. Ensure both panles are fully unfolded.
3. Whilst holding the tabs, hold the respirator with open side towards face and bring respirator to face.
4a) VALVED respirator - with one hand, hold the sides of the valve to hold respirator position on face.
4b) UNVALVED respirator - cup respirator in one hand with open side towards face
5. With other hand, take each strap in turn and pull each strap over your head
6. Locate the upper strap across the crown of the head and the lower strap below the ears. Straps must not be twisted. Adjust top and bottom panels, using tabs, for a comfortable fit. Ensure that panels are not folded and that tabs are folded flat.
7. Using both hands, mould noseclip to the shape of the nose to ensure a close fit and good seal. Pinching the noseclip using only one hand may result in less effective respirator performance.
8. The seal of the respirator on the face should be fit-checked before entering the workplace.
Fit testing is not only required by many national regulators (including the Health and Safety Executive), it’s vital to respiratory safety. This list provides some of the whys and hows of fit testing.