Respiratory protective equipment (RPE)

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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Health and safety basics for your business

This site is for employers and those who want some basic information on what they must do to make sure their businesses comply with health and safety law.

The basics for your business

Fit testing

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

Fit testing basics

COSHH Essentials

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

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Employer FAQs

What should I do before providing RPE to employees?

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Employee FAQs

How do I wear a mask?

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Updated: 2024-06-10