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Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) basics

Work activities may result in harmful substances contaminating the air in the form of dust, mist, gas or fume. For example:

Workers may also need to work in areas where oxygen levels are low, for example: confined spaces, such as a chamber or tank.

RPE is designed to protect the wearer from these hazards.

You will require RPE that is adequate and suitable to ensure the wearer is protected. This means:

To select RPE that will protect the wearer you will need a basic understanding of:

Updated: 2013-10-10