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Respiratory protection - A guide to respiratory protection

This booklet examines some common respiratory hazards for which protection is required, and gives guidance to employers and others on the selection, use and care of respirators.

It does not provide technical prescriptions or highly detailed information about respirators. Readers requiring this level of detail should refer to the manufacturer’s instructions or the appropriate standards. The Australian/New Zealand Standards, AS/NZS 1716 Respiratory Protective Devices and AS/NZS 1715 Selection, Use, and Maintenance, of Respiratory Protective Devices.

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Last updated 11 May 2016


On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

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