Respirator Testing & Fitting

Qualitative fit testing is a pass/fail test method that uses your sense of taste or smell, or your reaction to chemical fumes or airborne particulates to detect leakage into the respirator face piece.  Whether the respirator passes or fails the test is based simply on subjective detection of the challenging agent (Bitrex) into your face piece

It is a condition of the AS/NZS 1715:2009 Australian/New Zealand Standard Selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective devices

Two tests are conducted using:

  • Saccharin, which leaves a sweet taste in your mouth
  • Bitrex, which leaves a bitter taste in your mouth

Every employee will be fitted to test to determine a suitable fit between the face piece and the face.

Once the fit test is completed the employee will be informed of the respirator they were fitted with and its size and type of protection that will be required whether an airborne particulate or vapour respirator or both depending on types of environment they work in.

The employer will receive a record of training in the form of a fit test report that they can use for record keeping purposes.

We normally fit-test between 8 am to 5 pm Mon – Fri, we can come to you A/H if pre-arranged.


To request a Qualitative Test or further information, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hazard Management Systems Limited

Charlie Strickland (Director – Consultant)
+ 64 27 288 8546
Debbie Strickland (Consultant)
+ 64 27 859 3235
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