Fit2fit Approved RPE Fit Testing Training Course

Qualitative (taste test) method

The qualitative method is based the wearer’s ability to taste a bitter or sweet test agent which is in the form of a mist sprayed into a hood around a wearer’s head. Mists are easily by the stopped by particulate filters.

Therefore, if a wearer can taste the test agent during any one of 7 one-minute exercises, then air must of passed between the face to facepiece seal rather than through the filter.

Source: 3M

Qualitative face-fit testing can be used to test reusable half-masks and filtering facepieces (FFP1, FFP2 & FFP3) also known as dust or disposable masks.


Qualitative face-fit testing can not be used to test reusable full-face masks.


Qualitative fit testing kits can be purchased for around £160, excluding VAT, making them an affordable option to most companies.

If you are not sure whether to train your own staff to undertake fit testing in your organisation or to get an external RPE fit test provider to undertake it, watch the video…

Dust2noise’s, one-day, qualitative RPE fit testing course is Fit2fit Approved and delivered by a Fit2fit Accredited Face Fit Provider and Chartered Occupational Hygienist.

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