Mask fit testing

We continue to provide a trust-wide service based out of FG6 seminar room for all staff Monday to Friday 08:00-15:30, a drop-in service is available from 09:00-14:00 for any staff that need urgently fitting on the day, however you may be required to wait depending on demand.

Please ensure staff members who require fit testing are booked in advance to avoid any complications.

FG6 seminar room is available for any trained Trust fit tester to use 24/7 via obtaining the key from the operations centre, however if required between the hours of 08:00-16:00 please email mask fit testing so we can ensure availability.

To book appointments or for any information required regarding fit testing please email:


Important health and safety responsibilities for managers

As a manager you are responsible for the health and safety of your staff. This responsibility extends to ensuring that your staff are adequately protected against Covid-19 while working.

It is important:

  • If you manage an area, you ensure anyone coming into your area is aware of the risks and precautions they need to take and adheres to them. For example, the type of PPE that will need to be worn will differ from ward to ward. You should also ask for evidence of fit testing (or check MAPS) prior to allowing visiting staff to work in the area.
  • You ensure that any of your staff who visit a range of wards, such as doctors or therapists, are aware of the safe precautions to take. For example, you should inform all staff to check with the ward/ clinic prior to their arrival what  PPE needs to be worn.
  • You regularly review the fit testing compliance data for all your staff on MAPS and update as necessary.

Managers must also ensure all members of staff:

  • Are fit tested for the PPE that is required prior to first use – again this should be reviewed and updated on MAPS
  • Carry out fit checks prior to each use
  • Are aware of the correct donning and doffing safe practices in place in their area of work
  • Are provided with information and instructions on the use, cleaning, storage, disposal and maintenance of masks (where applicable)
  • Are provided with suitable storage arrangements where necessary
  • Know how to report faults or defects in respiratory protective equipment (RPE)

As a manager it is important that you continually monitor your staff to ensure they are working in accordance with the instruction and guidance given.

All staff have a duty under health and safety legislation to co-operate with all managers on this and comply with any applicable rules and arrangements.


FFP3 masks

We now have a good range of FFP3 masks available in the Trust as listed below which can be obtained from the central PPE store, where possible staff will be fit tested to 2 masks.

  • 3M1863+
  • 3M 9330+
  • Alpha Solway 3030V
  • Alpha Solway S3V
  • Appha Solway Hx3
  • FSM18 Easimask
  • Honeywell SuperOne
  • Meixin 2016V
  • Draegar 1730
  • Handanhy HY9330
  • JSP reusable masks