FFP3 respirator masks are required as part of COVID-19 personal protective equipment worn for medium and high risk care pathways where aerosol generating procedures are undertaken as per infection, prevention and control guidance. Fit testing of FFP3s for a safe fit is required by law.
This webpage outlines fit-testing advice and support available to NHS colleagues.
Fit testing support in NHS Trusts
NHS Trusts across England can seek further support from the Department of Health and Social Care who can provide trained fit testers who can be deployed to Trusts.
Information on how to access this support has been sent to Trusts. For further information, please contact email@example.com
Fit testing support for NHS Dentists
Hundreds of dental staff have been trained to provide fit testing in dental settings. Each region has their own implementation plan in place. So, for further details on local arrangements, please contact your local regional dental commissioning team.
Further information is available on the RPA website
Fit test helplines for Dentistry: 07947 968972 and 07947 968922
Fit testing through providers in the private sector can also be obtained via www.fit2fit.org
Fit testing algorithm
An algorithm has been developed to help NHS organisations identify the steps they should take where staff are deployed to clinical areas which require FFP3 respirators to be worn.
Staff skin care
It is important that staff take good care of their skin to prevent skin irritation and/or pressure ulcers. Guidance on how to help prevent facial skin damage beneath tight fitting face piece respirators (FFP3 masks) is available.
Good practice advice and recommendations for healthcare providers
FFP3 respirator manufacturers continue to be advised on improving mask fit, using information from a DHSC-supported programme, working with 47 NHS Trusts to assess fit testing among a diverse range of staff groups.
This work has also informed a quality improvement project to support trusts to develop high quality fit testing processes and procedures in line with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance.
See further information on NHS England and NHS Improvement’s quality improvement project and examples of good practice.
Further information and advice for employers and those conducting fit tests is available at:
- Health and Safety Executive:
- Public Health England: