When can respiratory protective equipment (RPE) be used?

  • When you might still breathe in contaminated air, despite other controls you have in place eg extraction systems
  • When there is short-term or infrequent exposure and using other controls is impractical
  • Whilst you are putting other controls in place
  • When you need to provide RPE for safe exit in an emergency
  • When you need to provide RPE for emergency work or when there is a temporary failure of controls
  • When emergency rescue by trained personnel is necessary

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Updated: 2022-03-22