RR798 - Factors influencing the implementation of RPE programmes in the workplace
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:
- Learners - were in very early stages of development of their RPE programmes and still had some way to go before both competence and control are established.
- Developers - had developed competence, but were failing on the implementation side of their programme.
- Fortuitous - lacked competence, but due to reasons outside of management control, were in control of respiratory risks.
- Proficient - meaning that managers were considered to have at least an acceptable level of RPE competence and controls did appear to be working.
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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