The correct selection and application of respiratory protective equipment is vital for protecting employees and meeting international safety standards.
There are many working environments in which effective RPE is necessary, including cutting wood or stone, using products containing volatile solvents or working in a dusty area. Workers may also require RPE when working in areas with low oxygen levels, or where they may become low - such as confined spaces, silos or tanks.
Our wide range of respiratory protective equipment includes full face masks, helmets, filters and accessories to ensure all levels of respiratory protection are available and protection from airborne particles is provided.
The laws surrounding the use of RPE state that a full risk assessment should be carried out prior to equipment being specified and that companies with fewer than five employees are not legally required to record their risk assessment.
The law states that RPE should be used when:
In addition, all RPE must be looked after properly and stored when not in use in order to maintain working order and product longevity.
The three key considerations to take into account when specifying any RPE are the wearer, the task in hand and the environment in which the equipment will be used. In addition, there are specific considerations to bear in mind with regards to what is required to protect the worker. These include:
Once the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) risk assessment has been carried out in order to identify the hazardous substances, the next two key areas to consider are the products used that are classed as hazardous substances and the work activities that may generate harmful substances, such as cutting or heating materials.
When deciding on the protection factor required, it is vital to ensure that the RPE selected can adequately protect the worker from the hazardous substance in the air around them, and this decision will be based upon the amount of substance that is present in the immediate atmosphere.
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