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HSE ISSUE SIMPLE GUIDE TO SELECTION & USE OF RPE

Step-by-step straightforward and practical approach to RPE 

HSE has issued revised version of HSG53 Respiratory protective equipment at work – A practical guide (Fourth edition, published 2013)providing guidance on the selection and use of adequate and suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) in the workplace.

It sets out when RPE can be used and helps the user decide (a) the adequate level of protection (b) how to select RPE that is suitable for the particular wearer, task and work environment and (c) how to make sure that the selected RPE keeps working effectively.

What is in the guide and how to use it

Employers have a legal responsibility to control substances hazardous to health and provision of RPE may be necessary as part of the control regime. The guide assumes you are considering the use of RPE based on your COSHH risk assessment (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002). The hazard and risk information gathered in your COSHH risk assessment is required to select the correct RPE.

The guide contains practical guidelines to help select the correct RPE and manage its use to ensure effective protection. The process of selection and management of RPE is split into key steps.

The guide has been colour-coded to help direct you through the process.

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