Occupational Hygiene

Respiratory Protective Equipment

Our experts can help you make the most appropriate choice of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) and ensure that your staff are suitably protected in a cost efficient way.

Our Occupational Hygienist, Rosie McKay, has supported many businesses with their RPE requirements.

Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH), employers have a responsibility to protect their workforce from hazardous substances. Depending on the circumstances and level of risk, you may need to provide your employees with RPE.


We will make sure that your RPE is adequate to reduce the level of exposure and is suitable for the task, wearer and environment.

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We can assist with RPE selection, assess the RPE you currently use and make sure you are fully compliant with legislation such as the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2012, the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 and the HSE’s HSG53 ‘Respiratory protective equipment at work’ guidance.

From a more practical perspective we can explain exactly what RPE will be best for your workforce and the tasks they undertake.  We can provide training to your staff on RPE use including how to maintain and store RPE.

Our experienced Health and Safety experts can help you:

  • Assess whether you are using adequate and suitable RPE
  • Explain if and why you need a fit test
  • Train RPE wearers to correctly undertake pre-use fit checks
  • Assess whether you need quantitative or qualitative fit testing methods (and explain the difference)
  • Provide realistic and practical recommendations to prevent and correct problems during fit testing
  • Understand the differences between fit factor, workplace protection factor, assigned protection factor and nominal protection factors
  • Apply the relevant HSE Regulations and the Approved Codes of Practice to your fit test

What should you do next?

If you would like to speak to our RPE and fit testing expert, Rosie McKay, please contact her by phone on 01302 499055, email rosiemckay@pragmaandassociates.co.uk or use our contact us form for a free initial consultation.

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