BA Respiratory

Breathing Apparatus Training Courses, Northern Ireland



BHB one of the premier nationwide providers of training and consultancy services in the field of Health and Safety can provide your face fitting service using the TSI Portacount Face Fit Unitas recommended by the Health and Safety Executive. We can provide your business with a comprehensive service to carry out either on site testing or testing at our premises near Templepatrick, Co Antrim. Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is provided by employers to protect employees from exposure to airborne contaminants such as dusts, fumes and vapors in the workplace are -you complying with the legislation?The approved code of practice and guidance supporting the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, the Control of Lead at Work Regulations, the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations and the Ionising Radiation Regulations recommend fit testing to be carried out on respiratory protective equipment (RPE) which incorporate tight fitting face-pieces.

Industries and situations that require face fit testing include:

Confined Space Entry,

Breathing Apparatus wearing for, (Escape Sets, Full Duration-Air Line Systems etc)

Fire Brigades

ERT Teams

Chemical Protective Environments

Chemical Industry  


Painting and Spraying

Medical Services

Water Services

Environmental Services and many more. 

What is Quantitative Face Fit Testing?

It is a method for checking that the face-piece matches the wearer’s facial features and has an adequate seal. The test provides a numerical measure, called the Fit Factor.

Minimum Fit Factors

This depends on the type of face-piece being tested:

FFP3 (Disposable)  100

Half Mask                 100

Full Face Mask        2000

As well as having the correct size and shape of mask, donning it correctly is important. In our experience incorrect fitting is one of the major causes of failure. 




Testing at BHB                                               

One off test     £65.00 per test

Testing at your premises                            

Half day (up to 6 people) £300

Full day (up to 12 people) £600

 (All prices exclude VAT)

Each test takes approximately 30 minutes to conduct.

Individuals must be clean shaven and refrain from smoking or eating ½ hour before the test.


You have a duty to protect your work force, so give us a call!!!