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Respiratory protective equipment (RPE)

Man wearing protective mask

This website provides information and tools to help employers select and manage the use of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) in the workplace. There are many types of RPE designed to:

  • protect the wearer from a variety of hazards;
  • suit a variety of work situations;
  • match the specific requirements of the wearer

The information is applicable to disposable and reusable masks, breathing apparatus and powered respirators.

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Information on what RPE to use for a range of workplace tasks.

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Fit testing

Fit testing ensures that you don't select ill-fitting RPE that won’t protect your workers.

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Updated: 2019-02-07