'Fit2Fit' Accredited
Face Fit Testing

By Emergency Service Professionals

First Intervention Team Services

First Intervention can service and maintain all aspects of health and safety equipment at our fully equipped tech-lab in Coryton, Essex. 

We have fully accredited Honeywell and Scott Safety technicians so you can rest assured your equipment is being maintained to the highest standard.

We can offer replacement units, whether it be breathing apparatus or gas detection equipment, during service or repair to ensure you do not have any “site down time”. We can also operate on a 24/7 basis to meet your shift patterns and operational requirements.

First Intervention offers “Face Fit Testing” on all types of masks from breathing masks to disposable respirators by experienced, “Fit2Fit” accredited RPE Technicians.

Our face fit service can be carried out from our fully equipped test centre in Coryton, Essex or remotely at your premises.


‘Fit2Fit’ Face Fit Testing

First Intervention Team (FIT) specialise in Face Fit Testing. Our FIT2FIT accredited Respiratory Technicians are dedicated to the delivery of face fit testing to help companies comply with the requirements of legislation and industry regulations. First Intervention Team (FIT) have a fully equipped testing centre in Coryton, Essex or we can operate remotely at your premises nationally.

Face Fit Testing is often reactive, so our Technicians are strategically located close to major cities to enable the demand to be met, providing our customers a quick response time. With teams deployed across the country we operate in: London, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Lincoln, Manchester, Leeds, Hull, Glasgow and Aberdeen with an ability to travel anywhere in the UK.

For special and large projects, we can offer an increased testing capability.

As part of our service, notifications are provided to staff/contractors when their certificate has expired. FIT2FIT recommends that a suitable interval for repeat testing is 2 years however, more frequent repeat Fit Testing maybe appropriate particularly where RPE is being used as a primary or sole means of control.

At FIT we recommend and stock a large quantity of RPE which is available to purchase.

Why Face Fit Test?

Under the COSHH 2002 Regulations, all employers have a duty to provide face fit testing for their employees. All selected respiratory protective equipment must be proved adequate and suitable for the wearer, task and environment.

If wearing a positive pressure Breathing Apparatus, Studies have shown that during heavy exertion, it is possible for the pressure inside the face piece to momentarily become negative in relation to the outside atmosphere. If the face seal is not good this could result in inward leakage of extremely hazardous air.

What is Face Fit Testing?

Face Fit Testing is a method for checking that a tight-fitting face piece matches the person’s facial features and seals adequately to the wearer’s face. It will also help to identify unsuitable face pieces which should not be used. There are two methods of face fit testing: Quantitative and Qualitative.

What is FIT2FIT?

Fit testing should be conducted by a competent person. Competence can be demonstrated by accreditation under the Fit2Fit RPE Fit Test Providers Accreditation Scheme. This scheme has been developed by the BSIF, together with industry stakeholders, and is supported by HSE.

Quantitative Face Fit Testing

Quantitative face fit testing can give an objective assessment of Facial Fit and provides a direct numerical result called a Fit Factor.  The Portacount measures the number of ambient particles inside and outside a Face piece and proves a numeric result which is a ratio of the two over a given period. The mask is attached to the Portacount and the user completes a variety of exercises whilst stepping on an Aerobics step.  If the user successfully achieves a pass on each exercise at the end of the test a Fit test report/certificate is produced.

Qualitative Face Fit Testing

Qualitative face fit testing relies on a wearers’ subjective assessment of Facial leakage. The method uses a nebuliser of a bitter or sweet tasting substance to challenge the mask’s seal throughout a series of tests. The user will put on the RPE and secure it in position, then the hood will be fitted over their head and once in place, the bitter or sweet substance will be sprayed into the head throughout the various exercises. If the substance is not tasted then the face fit test has been successful, if it is tasted the RPE will be adjusted and the test repeated. Qualitative face fit testing can only be carried out on half masks and disposable masks.

First Intervention Team Fit 2 Fit RPE

What masks need testing?

  • Filtering Face Pieces (FFPs)
  • Re-usable filter or cartridge half masks
  • Full face filter or cartridge masks
  • Escape set masks
  • SCBA masks
  • PAPR with Tight Fitting Masks

Facial Hair

Stated in the ACOP for COSHH when wearing tight fitting RPE the wearer must be clean shaven in the area of the seal. Facial hair/stubble can allow enough space for contaminated air to fit through the seal and therefore allowing the wearer to inhale it. For customers that do not wish to be clean shaven or cannot shave for medical and religious reasons, alternative forms of RPE are available upon request.

HSE research shows that protection is significantly reduced after 24hrs from clean shaven. More information can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr1052.htm

First Intervention Team (FIT) is a proud supporter of the Mavis Nye Foundation. https://www.mavisnyefoundation.com/

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance & Signs

It is vitally important that Fire Extinguishers maintain their functionality and adhere to your legal responsibility. First Intervention Team provide Fire Extinguisher Servicing and Maintenance that will inspect each fire extinguisher to check it is fully functioning or not and make sure it will work correctly in an emergency situation. We have a highly experienced team of professional engineers to carry out fire extinguisher maintenance.

Any item of safety equipment needs regular checking to ensure it works first time every time when needed. This includes your fire fighting equipment. It must be maintained in accordance with the recognised British Standard. (BS 5306 part 3 2003) and this states that a fire extinguisher must be serviced “…at least annually”.

Once a year is plenty for most of us unless you work in a high risk or damaging environment such as bulk fuel storage, underground, marine, nuclear processing, etc. In these locations, more frequent inspections may be necessary. Fire extinguisher maintenance should only be carried out by a “competent person”, someone with the necessary training, qualification, experience, tools, refilling equipment and manufacturer’s documentation.

We offer quality fire extinguishers that satisfy all insurance and fire safety order requirements. Our fire extinguishers are kite marked to BSEN3 with a 5 year manufacturers guarantee.

If you can’t find what you need, contact us and our team of qualified Fire Extinguisher Engineers will be only too happy to offer valuable advice or we can carry out a full Fir of your premises.

Safety Signs

All of our signs are supplied in accordance with British and European Quality Standards and are manufactured in accordance with BS5499 standards.

To comply with the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 encourages the standardization of safety signs throughout the member states of the European Union so that safety signs, wherever they are seen, have the same meaning, this legislation thus becoming an important communication tool. For more information about Fire Extinguisher Service & Maintenance, Please contact us on 01375 676779 and discuss with our experienced and professional team who will be happy to answer any of your queries.

Gas Detection Supply and Maintenance

Gas leakage can be extremely hazardous to the health and safety of workers in the workplace, especially in instances where employees may be working in highly risk environments such as confined spaces.There are number of different gases that employees should be protected from, including Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide, Chlorine and many more which employees cannot detect. These can carry major health risks and even result in death, highlighting the importance of quality Gas Detection Services & Equipment as well as necessary procedural steps to be taken.Hire Gas Detection Services:- BW Microclip BM25 Area Detector

Fire Alarm Maintenance 

Whether you require a new installation, modification of an existing installation, maintenance of an existing installation or just some general advice. Our BAFE qualified engineers are on hand to help you through the entire process. We currently maintain a wide range of systems from manual standalone conventional systems to fully networked addressable automated systems. Our engineers provide a 24hr a day, 365 days a year callout rota nationwide and work strictly in accordance with BS5839:Part 1 2013.

RPE Supply and Maintenance

First Intervention Team (F.I.T) are experienced providers of RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment). Our FIT2FIT accredited Respiratory Technicians’ are on hand to provide guidance and advise on the most adequate and suitable RPE solution. It is recommended Face Fit Testing is conducted as part of the selection process.

FFP3 Respirators

Alpha Solway 3030v NR FFP3

The 3000 SERIES disposable respirators offer an outstanding level of protection demonstrated when conducting Face Fit Testing. Having electrostatic filter media allows low breathing resistance and a lightweight outer shell maintains excellent shape.

Key Features:

  • Lightweight, cup shaped respirator
  • Four point head strap adjustment
  • Preformed nose bridge removes the need for regular adjustment
  • Electrostatic filter media
  • Conforms to EN 149: 2001 + A1: 2009 FFP3 NR

Alpha Solway S3-V NR FFP3

The Alpha S has been specifically designed to ensure an excellent fit for the smaller face. The unique inner face seal helps maintain a close and snug fit around the chin area which is generally regarded by experienced fit testers to be the main weakness on standard design disposable respirators.

Working closely with the fit2fit accreditation scheme and numerous users, Alpha Solway has developed a simple solution to an industry wide problem.

Key Features:

  • Designed to solve an industry wide problem – high performance respiratory protection for the smaller face
  • Unique full inner face seal
  • Preformed nosebridge removes the need for regular adjustment
  • Four point headstrap adjustment
  • Conforms to EN 149:2001+A1:2009

Important Note: Care should always be taken when choosing the correct respirator. Alpha Solway disposable dust respirators are not designed to offer protection from chemical gases and vapours or for use in areas deficient in Oxygen

Re-usable Half Masks

Moldex 7000 Series

Key Features:

  • TPE mask body: soft and pleasant to wear. Suitable for most applications
  • Silicon mask body: remains soft and durable even at extreme temperatures
  • Easy maintenance and cleaning without tools
  • With EasyLock®filter system: easy handling
  • No additional adapters or parts necessary
  • Drop down option: mask can be worn around the neck during breaks
  • Tested and certified to EN 140:199
  • Available in 3 sizes: Small, Medium and Large

Qualitative Face Fit Test Kits

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

Working closely with the fit2fit accreditation scheme and numerous users, Alpha Solway has developed a simple solution to an industry wide problem.

QLTKPFACE FIT TEST KIT Complete kit consisting of:

  • Hood
  • 12 x 2.5ml Bitter Sensitivity Solutions
  • 12 x 2.5ml Bitter Test Solutions
  • 2 x Nebulisers
  • Instructions for use.
  • Comes in a Heavy duty portable polypropylene plastic case for a more professional look

Fire Hydrants

Fire Hydrants are used by the fire brigade to provide a supply of water within the vicinity of an incident. Although the majority of Fire Hydrants are located within the public sector and maintained by the fire brigade and local water companies, at First Intervention we work very closely with the industrial sector where fire hydrants are located within privately owned land.


With the onus firmly placed on employers being to look after the wellbeing of their employees, First Intervention work in conjunction with a leading medical centre to offer all aspects of Health and Safety medicals for the work place.

FIT Services Medicals

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