This report sets out the findings from a qualitative study examining respiratory protective equipment (RPE) programmes across industry. Managerial decision-making was the focal point for this research given that decisions about RPE programmes rest with management. This cross-sector, exploratory study set out to address research on: what current RPE selection and use looks like; how this compare with 'good practice' and what factors influence choice and implementation of RPE programmes.
Considerable variation was found in RPE competence and control of respiratory risks. Four groups of companies were identified:
This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.
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