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Having worked closely with the BSIF and HSE in the development of a suitable accreditation scheme for Face Fit Testing, Alpha Solway are proud to be one of the first “Fit2Fit” accredited RPE Fit Test Providers. This is now recognised within the HSE 282/28 Fit Testing Guidance Notes.

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The scheme confirms the competency of a particular individual to perform fit testing on tight fitting face pieces. Training in the proper use and care of Respirators has been mandatory in the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations since 1989.

The 2002 revision of the COSHH regulations and the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) now require that fit testing of Respiratory Protective Equipment be carried out. Only Respirators that are loose fitting and rely on airflow through the device e.g. powered helmets/hoods are exempt from Face Fit Testing.


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The training consists of demonstrations, practical exercises, course notes and a short multiple choice test.

After completion of the course, successful candidates will be issued with a “Certificate of Competence”.

Along side the “Train the Trainer” course, Alpha Solway can also provide a “Fit Test” programme.

This service includes a full qualitative fit test in accordance with the guidance notes HSE 282/28.


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Alpha Solway Face Fit test kits enable a qualitative respiratory fit test for tight fitting respirators in line with the COSHH (Control of Substance Hazardous to Health) and the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) regulations for the mandatory testing of respiratory protective equipment (RPE).

The kits works by the detection of a harmless, bitter tasting solution of Bitrex®, or Saccharin sweet solution during a series of different exercises over a period of time.


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An economical method of testing

Features Bitrex® bitter tasting solution or Saccharin sweet solution

Robust Hood

Compact, sturdy and portable storage case

Complete instructions on memory disk and hard copy formats

Spare parts available

Easy to use

Full training available including the issue of Certificates of Competence by Accredited Fit Test Providers

Suitable for Face Fit Testing of all

Disposable Respirators and Half Mask

Respirators fitted with Particulate Filters