The following information is provided to support the implementation of a respirator fit testing programme. 3M offers a range of fit test services.
Should you have any queries or require further assistance, please call the 3M Health & Safety Helpline on 0870 60 800 60 (UK) or 1 800 320 500 (Ireland).
3M™ 8000 Series Cup-Shaped Respirators
Full Face Masks:
3M™ 6000 Series Full Face Mask
8000 Series (PDF, 2.3MB)
Full Face Masks:
6000 Series (PDF, 0.6MB)
3M Technical Bulletin: Respirator Fit Testing (PDF, 0.8MB) Information on methods of fit testing and details of 3M products that support a fit testing regime.
3M™ FT10 Fit Test Kit (Sweet) and Solutions (PDF, 0.2MB) Material Safety Data Sheet for the 3M FT10 Fit Test Kit (Sweet) and Solutions.
BSIF Fit2Fit Accreditation Scheme
Link to the British Safey Industry Federation's Fit2Fit Accreditation Scheme for competent fit testers (opens in a new window).
HSE Fit Testing Guidance
Link to the Health & Safety Executive's guidance on fit testing and the competencies required (opens in a new window).
Fit testing is a means of checking that a respirator facepiece matches a person’s facial features and seals adequately to their face. There are several methods available and the Health and Safety Executive’s information document HSE 282/28 provides information on how the HSE expect fit testing to be conducted.
The performance of tight fitting respirators relies on achieving a good seal between the facepiece of the respirator and the wearer’s face. If the seal is inadequate, contaminated air will take the path of least resistance and will travel through leaks in the face seal. Consequently, a poor seal to the face will reduce the level of protection provided to the wearer.
The 3M Fit Testing Service is provided by Fit2Fit accredited personnel on the employers site at a day/time suitable to the employer. The Fit2Fit accreditation scheme is a BSIF initiative supported by the HSE which ensures fit testers can conduct a fit test to the level of competence required in the HSE guidance note 282/28. Fit testing will be conducted in a professional and friendly manner which is important when coaching and reassuring employees.
We will fit test employees on the respirator that has been issued. We also carry sufficient samples of 3M’s alternative respirators, so should any employee require a different model or design, samples are made available.
Each fit test includes:
3M offer both half a day for up to 8 people, and a full day for up to 17 people, depending on the number of employees who require a fit test.
For companies who want to conduct fit testing themselves, 3M offers a half day fit test workshop for up to 9 people.
This is designed to help train people in how to conduct qualitative fit testing.
The half day workshop covers the following: