Fit2Fit – Fit Test Providers’ Accreditation Scheme
The Fit2Fit scheme is designed to confirm the competency of any person performing facepiece fit testing.
Recent market research indicates that up to 50% of all RPE used does not offer the wearer the level of protection assumed and one of the major reasons is that it simply does not fit!
HSE regulations state that RPE must be correctly selected and this includes (for all tight-fitting RPE) a face piece Fit Test conducted by a competent person. So how can you be sure the person conducting the fit test is competent?
In view of these major concerns the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF), along with the HSE and other industry stakeholders have developed a competency scheme for Fit Test Providers. The Fit2Fit scheme, for the first time in the UK, will provide a basis to confirm the competency of fit test providers through a series of theoretical and practical assessments.
The Fit2Fit Accreditation
The Fit2Fit assessment includes a theory and practical exam which, if successful, results in a Fit2Fit accreditation. Candidates can be assessed in any one, or all four of the following fit testing methods:
- Qualitative Fit Testing (taste test)
- Quantitative Fit Testing (Portacount) with N95
- Quantitative Fit Testing (Portacount) without N95
- Quantitative Fit Testing (Controlled Negative Pressure)
Fit test providers can find out more information about this scheme and apply for Fit2Fit accreditation through an online enquiry form available through the Fit2Fit website at www.fit2fit.org
RPA & Fit2Fit
RPA are very pleased that our fit testing consultants were the first Fit2Fit accredited fit test providers in the UK back in 2009.
RPA work closely with Fit2Fit and HSE to promote best practice, to increase the profile and improve the practice of fit testing within the UK. We provide fit testing services to clients throughout the whole of the UK and pride ourselves on our professionalism, efficiency of service and customer support.
For anyone seeking to attain Fit2Fit accreditation, our Full-day Fit Test Operator Training courses (Qualitative and Quantitative) aim to provide the necessary theoretical and practical elements required of the HSE Competent Person criteria. We strongly recommend that fit test operators should acquire at least one month’s practical experience in their chosen test method following formal training before progressing to Fit2Fit assessment.
For Further information regarding the new Fit2Fit scheme use the following links: