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Mask Fit Testing Brisbane and Gold Coast

Conducting Quantitative Respirator Fit Testing since 2019.

ABL - Trusted Experts in Respirator Mask Fit Testing

At ABL Distribution, we pride ourselves in providing top-tier quantitative respirator fit testing services. Our Fit Testing is conducted in accordance with OSHA FAST protocol and the stringent AS/NZS 1715:2009 standards.

Located on the Gold Coast, we cater to businesses throughout Brisbane and SE Queensland with both in-house and on-site testing. Our flexible scheduling ensures that your fit testing is done at a time and place that suits you, with minimum disruption to your day.

We specialise in a comprehensive range of RPE, including industry leaders like 3M and Sundstrom, ensuring your equipment is tested to the highest standards. Our knowledgeable team is here to guide you through the process and answer any questions about our fit testing services.

Whether you're looking for a quick fit test or an extensive consultation on the best protective equipment for your needs, ABL is your local solution. Reach out to us for professional service tailored to your company's requirements.

Why Partner with ABL for Mask Fit Testing?

Gold Coast and Brisbane's Fit Testing Specialists - ABL Distribution specialises in on-site fit testing for businesses across Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Our team is equipped to visit your location, providing comprehensive fit testing to ensure your team's respiratory protective equipment is properly assessed with minimal interruption to your operations.

Rigorous and Reliable Testing - Each fit test is a blend of meticulous attention to detail and an unwavering commitment to safety standards. We pride ourselves on delivering reliable results, whether you're using heavyweight RPE or delicate N95 respirators.

Convenient On-Site Assessments - Understanding the demands of your busy schedule, our mobile team delivers fit testing services directly to your workplace. It's the hassle-free solution that brings peace of mind right to your doorstep.

Expertise Across A Wide Range of Respiratory Equipment - Our team's knowledge encompasses a full spectrum of respiratory protective equipment, ensuring that your gear meets both the required safety standards and the specific needs of your workplace environment.

Safety as Our Core Principle - At the heart of our services is a deep commitment to the well-being of your workforce. From standard face fit tests to comprehensive protective equipment evaluations, we're dedicated to fostering a safer workplace.

Dedicated Support When You Need It - With ABL, help is always at hand. Our responsive customer support extends beyond the fit test, providing ongoing assistance and advice to keep your safety measures up to date.

At ABL Distribution, we see beyond the test. We understand that each face fit assessment is a step towards ensuring your team's safety and productivity. For service that's as attentive as it is expert, turn to ABL—the name you can count on for fit testing in Brisbane and beyond.

What's Included in Your Fit Testing Service?

  1. Fit Test Card: Every test comes with a credit card-style Fit Test Card. This card displays the results and details of your fit test, serving as official documentation of your test status. It's a handy and professional way to present your compliance to workplace health and safety officers or site managers.
    • Replacement Policy: In case you lose your Fit Test Card, ABL Distribution can provide a replacement for $18 + GST.
  2. Detailed Fit Test Report: After the completion of your test, you'll receive a comprehensive Fit Test Report in PDF format via email. This report includes detailed results of your fit test and other pertinent information, providing a thorough record of the test conducted.
    • Report Retrieval: Should you lose your Fit Test Report, ABL Distribution can resend it via email at no additional charge.
  3. Calibration and Validation Certificates (Upon Request): For those who require it, ABL can also provide Calibration and Validation Certificates for our testing equipment. Please make sure to request this information at the time of booking if needed.


  • Quantitative Respiratory Fit Test At ABL Distribution:
    • $69.95 + GST*
  • Onsite Quantitative Respiratory Fit Test:
    • $100 + GST* (3 Tests)
    • $79.50 + GST* (4-6 Tests)
    • $68.95 + GST* (7+ Tests)
    • $1,625 + GST (Day Rate**)
Note - Onsite testing requires a minimum of 3 tests & can only be conducted throughout SE QLD on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays*Pricing is per person per test. T's & C's apply (see below)
**ABL can conduct 25 tests at your location per day. For your convenience we have a 'Day Rate' charge which is applied to full day bookings of 25 tests. 

Book Your Quantitative Respiratory Fit Test

It's easy! You can book Online or contact our office on (07) 5618 5100 for our current availabilities & to secure your booking. Please note bookings are essential for ALL tests.

Information Needed for Your Fit Test Booking

To streamline the booking process for your fit test with ABL Distribution, please be ready to provide the following information:

  1. Company Details: If applicable, your company's name.
  2. Contact Information: Your full name, contact number, and email address.
  3. Scheduling Preferences: Your preferred date and time for the fit test.
  4. Attendee Names: The first and last names (with correct spelling) of all individuals who will be undergoing the fit test.
  5. Respirator Specifications: Details of the respirator(s) that require testing. For example, brand and model like '3M 6000 Series Half Face' or 'Sundstrom SR100 Half Face.'
  6. Respirator Purchase Requirements: Let us know if you need to purchase a respirator from ABL and the specific protection requirements you have.
  7. On-Site Testing Requirements: For on-site testing, please confirm the availability of an enclosed room with power access at your location./li>
  8. Payment Details: Note that full payment is required to confirm your booking for the Respiratory Fit Tests.

Preparing for Your Fit Test: Key Guidelines

To ensure your fit testing session with ABL Distribution goes smoothly, please keep in mind the following guidelines:

  1. Clean Shaven Policy: A clean-shaven face is necessary for an accurate fit test. Any facial hair that interferes with the respirator's seal, including stubble, will preclude testing. If you arrive with facial hair, you'll have the option to purchase a shaving kit for $15 + GST or to reschedule your appointment at an additional cost. Please note, no refunds are issued for those who are unable to be tested due to facial hair.
  2. No Smoking Before the Test: Avoid smoking at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment, as smoke particles can affect test results.
  3. Medical Fitness: Ensure that all individuals undergoing the test are medically fit to perform it.
  4. Purchasing A Respirator: If you're planning to purchase a respirator from ABL, please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time.
  5. Bringing Your Own Respirator: If you bring your own respirator, ensure that it is clean and in working condition. If the respirator is deemed unfit for testing, you may need to purchase a replacement or reschedule the appointment. No refunds are provided in such cases.
  6. Mask Brand Confirmation: Since ABL is limited to testing certain brands of masks, please confirm with our office that we can test your specific brand and model before booking your appointment.

For any clarifications or additional information, feel free to reach out to us at (07) 5618 5100. Our team is here to assist you and ensure you’re fully prepared for your fit test.

RESP-FIT Certified Fit Testers and Participants of RESP-FIT Accredited Training Course

Discover the expertise at ABL, where two of our seasoned fit testers have achieved RESP-FIT accreditation, ensuring top-notch proficiency in respiratory protection.
In conjunction, a total of ten individuals have successfully completed and passed the rigorous RESP-FIT accredited training course, embodying our commitment to safety excellence.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A respirator fit test is a methodical assessment that checks for the correct fit of a respirator on the user's face. The aim is to ensure that the mask forms a tight seal, preventing any harmful contaminants from being inhaled. It's a crucial safety measure for anyone who must use a respirator in environments with airborne hazards.

At ABL Distribution, we use precision instruments like Portacount or Accufit for this testing. These devices measure the concentration of particles inside versus outside the mask, calculating an Overall Fit Factor (FF). For a half-face respirator, a FF of at least 100 is necessary for an adequate seal. For full-face models, this requirement increases to a FF of at least 1000, reflecting the greater protective capabilities these respirators provide.

We also accommodate testing for disposable masks, using a specialized 'punch adaptor' to ensure proper fit evaluation. It's important to note that this process will render the disposable mask unfit for future use. Similarly, for a PAPR unit, which offers a battery-powered air filter, we conduct tests with the unit turned off to accurately assess the mask's fit without the aid of the device's positive pressure system.

By maintaining these rigorous standards, ABL Distribution ensures that your respiratory protection is effective, keeping you safe while you work.
For effective respirator fit testing, a clean-shaven face is a crucial requirement. According to Workplace Health & Safety Regulations, facial hair that comes into contact with the sealing area of a respirator can compromise the mask's ability to seal correctly. This is because hairs can create tiny gaps along the seal, allowing harmful particles to enter.

For accurate fit-testing, it's essential that the facepiece of the respirator makes direct contact with the skin. Any facial hair in this area, whether it's a beard, moustache, or even stubble, can interfere with the respirator's seal and reduce its protective effectiveness. Therefore, fit-testing is conducted only on individuals who are clean-shaven in the area where the respirator will sit.

This requirement is not just about compliance; it's about ensuring your utmost safety. A well-sealed respirator is your best defence against airborne hazards, and being clean-shaven is a key part of achieving this reliable seal. At ABL Distribution, we prioritise your health and safety, and adhering to these standards is a part of that commitment.
ABL allows 20 minutes for each appointment.
The actual testing time is approximately 3 minutes.
ABL Distribution can perform Quantitative Fit Test on a range of mask brands, models & sizes including:
  • 3M 6000 Series
  • 3M 7000 Series
  • 3M 6500 Series
  • 3M Secure Click
  • Sundstrom
  • CleanSpace (Please ensure your unit includes a head harness)
  • Aviva
  • Scott Safety Promask (SC160)
  • ProChoice
  • STS (Shigematsu) PAPR & Non-PAPR (Please ensure you have P3 filters available for the test - ABL may not be able to provide filters)
  • Maxisafe (Please ensure you have P3 filters available for the test - ABL does not stock this brand and is unable to provide filters)
  • Moldex 7000 & 9000 Series (Please ensure you have P3 filters available for the test - ABL does not stock this brand and is unable to provide filters)
  • All P2/N95 Disposables

  • Note - ABL is limited to the brands of masks we can test. Please contact our office to confirm we are able to conduct testing prior to making a booking.
    If unsure of any of the above please feel free to contact our office on (07) 5618 5100 and we can help with any questions you may have.
    Once you've successfully booked your respirator fit test with ABL Distribution, here’s a streamlined process you can expect:
    1. Booking Confirmation: After finalizing and paying for your booking, you'll receive a detailed 'Booking Confirmation' email from us. This email not only confirms your appointment but also includes essential details about the appointment, our terms and conditions, and any other helpful information. If you've purchased any equipment during the booking, rest assured that we will have it arranged and ready for your test.
    2. Reminder Call: To ensure everything goes smoothly, we'll give you a friendly reminder call the day before your scheduled appointment. This call is an excellent opportunity for us to reconfirm the details and for you to ask any last-minute questions or cancel the appointment without any charge, if necessary.
    3. Post-Testing Documentation: After your fit test is complete, we provide two key pieces of documentation for your records – a Fit Test Card and a detailed Fit Test Report. These documents are crucial for demonstrating compliance and for your own reference.

    Please note: For online bookings, a member of our team will contact you to finalize payment and confirm your appointment. It’s important to complete this step to secure your slot, as unpaid bookings remain open for others.

    This streamlined approach ensures that from the moment you book until you receive your fit test results, the process is smooth, transparent, and supportive. Our goal is to make your fit testing experience as hassle-free and informative as possible.

    On the day of your respirator fit test, you can expect a structured and informative experience. Here's what the process typically involves
    1. Initial Briefing: Before we begin, our team will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the testing process. We'll explain each step, its importance, and how it contributes to ensuring your respirator's effectiveness and your safety.
    2. Respirator Presentation: You'll be asked to bring the respirator you will be using. If you don't have one, don't worry; we offer a selection of high-quality respirators that you can choose from and purchase on the spot.
    3. Correct Application Demonstration: Our skilled fit testers will demonstrate the correct way to apply your face mask. This is a crucial step to ensure the mask's effectiveness. You'll then be asked to replicate the application to confirm you're comfortable and proficient in doing it yourself
    4. Conducting the Fit Test: The actual test involves a series of exercises designed to simulate real-world movements and assess the mask's fit under various conditions. These exercises include:
      • Bending over for 60 seconds
      • Jogging on the spot or talking for 30 seconds (depending on the type of mask)
      • Moving the head side to side for 30 seconds
      • Moving the head up and down for 30 seconds
      • Standing still for 15 seconds

      These exercises are crucial in ensuring that your respirator remains securely fitted, regardless of your movements or the working conditions. By the end of the process, you'll have a clear understanding of how your respirator should fit and feel confident in its ability to provide protection.

    Remember: Each step of this process is designed with your safety in mind. At ABL Distribution, we ensure that you leave not just with a well-fitting respirator, but also with the knowledge and confidence to use it effectively in your workplace.

    Fit testing is an essential safety requirement for various professionals who rely on respirators in their work environment. This includes a wide range of occupations where individuals are exposed to airborne contaminants or hazardous atmospheres. Key groups that typically require fit testing include:
    1. Healthcare Workers: Medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, and laboratory technicians, who may be exposed to airborne pathogens or harmful substances in healthcare settings.
    2. Industrial Workers: Employees in industries such as manufacturing, chemical processing, or any other sector where they might encounter dust, vapours, gases, or other hazardous materials.
    3. Construction Workers: Individuals working in construction often encounter dust, debris, and other respiratory hazards, making respirator use and proper fit testing critical for their safety.
    4. Emergency Responders: Firefighters, paramedics, and other emergency personnel who might be exposed to smoke, hazardous fumes, or chemical spills during their response activities.

    Fit testing ensures that the selected respirator provides an effective seal and adequate protection against specific hazards associated with these professions. It's not just about compliance with safety regulations; it's a crucial step in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of individuals who face respiratory risks in their daily work. At ABL Distribution, we specialize in providing thorough and reliable fit testing for these and other professionals, ensuring their respiratory protection is as effective as possible.

    Fit testing is not just a one-time procedure but an ongoing requirement to ensure continuous protection. Here’s the recommended frequency for fit testing:
    1. Initial Testing: When you're first issued a respirator, it's crucial to have a fit test. This initial testing ensures that the specific make, model, and size of the respirator you're using provides a proper seal and adequate protection from the start.
    2. Annual Testing: Respirator fit should be reassessed at least once a year. Regular annual testing accounts for any potential changes in facial structure, the respirator’s condition, or workplace exposure levels.
    3. Upon Changes in Respirator Type: If you switch to a different type or size of respirator, a new fit test is necessary. Different models and sizes can fit differently, so it's essential to verify that the new respirator provides an effective seal.
    4. Following Facial Changes: Any significant changes to your facial features may affect the fit of your respirator. This includes weight fluctuations, dental work, facial surgery, or any other changes that might alter how your respirator fits. In such cases, it’s important to conduct a new fit test to ensure continued effectiveness.

    At ABL Distribution, we emphasize the importance of regular fit testing to ensure your respiratory protection remains effective and compliant with safety standards. Whether it's your first test or an annual re-evaluation, we’re here to provide comprehensive fit testing to meet your needs.

    If your fit test results indicate a failure to achieve an adequate seal with your respirator, it's important to understand that this is not an uncommon situation and can be addressed. Here’s what happens in such cases:
    1. Assessing the Cause: Various factors can contribute to a failed fit test. Our experienced fit testers at ABL Distribution will first analyze the specific reasons for the failure. This could be due to the respirator's size, style, or even the way it's being worn.
    2. Exploring Alternatives: Once we identify the cause, we’ll explore alternative RPE (Respiratory Protective Equipment) options. This might involve trying different sizes or models of respirators to find one that fits you correctly.
    3. Personalized Solutions: Our aim is to ensure that you leave with a respirator that provides the necessary protection. We'll work closely with you to find a solution that not only passes the fit test but also feels comfortable for prolonged use.
    4. Additional Guidance and Support: If a suitable alternative is found, we’ll guide you through the correct way to wear and maintain it. Our team is also available to answer any questions or concerns you may have about respirator use.

    At ABL Distribution, we are committed to ensuring that every individual we test walks away with the right equipment for their safety. A failed fit test is a step in the process of securing your health and safety at the workplace, and we are here to support you through it.

    No. When it comes to respirator fit testing, the specificity of the mask being tested is crucial. Here's a detailed explanation:
    1. Specificity of the Fit Test: A fit test is valid only for the specific brand, model, and size of the mask that you will actually be wearing. This is because different masks have unique designs and fits, and the test ensures that the specific mask you use provides a proper seal for your face.
    2. Using Your Own Mask: It's important that you are tested on the mask you will be using in your work environment. You can bring your own mask for the fit test, ensuring that the fit test is as relevant and accurate as possible.
    3. Purchasing from ABL: If you don't have a mask, ABL Distribution offers a range of masks that you can purchase. We can then perform the fit test on the mask you select from our stock.
    4. No Testing on Unowned Masks: Our policy is to conduct fit tests only on masks that you own or have purchased from us. This ensures that the fit test results are valid for the mask you will be using regularly. We cannot perform tests on masks that are not in your possession, as the fit test results would not be applicable to your actual work scenario.

    At ABL Distribution, we adhere to these guidelines to ensure the accuracy and effectiveness of our fit testing services. Our goal is to make sure that your respirator fits properly and offers the highest level of protection in your specific work environment.

    Terms & Conditions for Respirator Fit Testing

    1.    No Guaranteed Pass: A successful fit test pass is not guaranteed. The result is dependent on several factors, including proper fit, mask type, and individual facial features.
    2.    Test Duration and Fees: Each fit test is allotted 20 minutes. If the test exceeds this time due to factors outside ABL’s control, an additional booking fee may apply. Similarly, if a different model mask is needed to achieve a pass, a new booking and corresponding fee will be charged.
    3.    Clean Shaven Requirement: For a valid test, attendees must be clean-shaven where the respirator seals to the face. ABL will not conduct tests on individuals with stubble or facial hair that could compromise the mask's seal. If deemed necessary, attendees can purchase a shaving kit for $15 + GST or opt to cancel the appointment. Please note, refunds are not available for those who choose not to shave.
    4.    No Makeup Policy: Attendees should not wear makeup during the test, as it can affect the fit and seal of the respirator.
    5.    Single Respirator per Appointment: Each appointment is valid for testing one respirator. Testing multiple respirators requires separate appointments and fees.
    6.    Purchasing Respirators: If you wish to purchase a respirator from ABL on the day of your test, please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled time.
    7.    Cancellation Policy: We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Cancellations made less than 24 hours before the appointment are not eligible for a refund. Exceptions are made for cancellations related to COVID-19, detailed below.
    8.    No-Show Policy: Failure to attend your appointment without prior notification will result in the forfeiture of your refund.

    COVID Terms & Conditions: 

    1.    Pre-Booking Health Check: At the time of booking, we will inquire about any COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms you may have experienced in the past 14 days. To ensure safety, we cannot accept bookings from individuals who have exhibited symptoms within this timeframe. We kindly ask that you schedule your appointment once you have been symptom-free for at least 14 days.
    2.    Post-Booking Symptom Reporting: If you develop COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms after booking your appointment, please inform us immediately by phone at (07) 5618 5100 or email This allows us to reschedule your test for a later date when it is safe to do so.
    3.    Day-of-Test Health Screening: ABL Distribution reserves the right to refuse testing to any attendee who displays signs of COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms at the time of their test. This is a necessary step to protect the health and safety of both our clients and staff.
    4.    Refund Policy in Case of Symptoms: Please be aware that if an attendee fails to notify ABL Distribution of their symptoms before the test or is refused testing due to showing symptoms on the day, the cost of the test will not be refunded.

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