Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is used to protect the wearer from exposure to respiratory hazards. This can include; asbestos, biological contaminants (including viruses), dusts, vapours etc.
COSHH Regulations state that employers have a legal responsibility to control substances hazardous to health and to prevent or adequately control employee exposure to those substances.
In relation to RPE this means employers must ensure the mask is suitable for the task, wearer and environment. In the case of face seal dependent respirators, such as FFP2 and FFP3, the wearer must also undergo a fit-test by a competent person.
There are two main types of RPE:
Both are available in a range of styles, divided into two main groups:
The appropriate selection, use, and maintenance of RPE can be complex for those unfamiliar with the topic.
Our occupational hygienists are accustomed to RPE use in a variety of settings, and recommend the following tips:
At Pragma, our aim is to make health and safety simple for you.
We will work with you and use our knowledge and expertise to assist you in understanding your particular health and safety requirements and guide you to implement and maintain the most effective control measures to ensure the continuing protection of the health of your staff.
Where RPE is required, we can evaluate your needs and advise you of the most practicable and cost-effective solution for your practice.
We have Fit2Fit accredited experts readily available to carry out face-fit testing, provide training to your employees, and answer any queries or concerns regarding RPE. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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