Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) may be needed to protect workers from exposure to airborne contaminates. However, it should only be used after all other reasonably practicable measures to prevent or control exposure have been considered. In the hierarchy of control under the Regulations, RPE is the last line of protection. RPE can only protect the wearer, and if it is inadequate, unsuitable, used incorrectly, or poorly maintained, it is unlikely to provide the required protection.
RESPIRATORY PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
4. Maintenance, examination and testing
RPE should be regularly checked, cleaned and maintained by properly trained personnel in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. All RPE – whether brand new, disposable or well-maintained reusable and should be checked for any signs of damage or wear prior to use.
Proper storage of reusable RPE is essential.
5. Fit testing
As our faces come in all shapes and sizes, each wearer needs to be supplied with a face mask which fits them properly. Fit testing is a method which demonstrates how well a face mask fits an individual wearer’s face.