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Respiratory Protective Equipment – Advice for employers

Is the respiratory protective equipment you’re providing protecting your employees?

As an employer you must provide your employees with respiratory protective equipment (RPE) when there is an airborne hazardous substance that can’t be eliminated or isolated. Hazardous substances in the air can be in dust, mist, vapour or gas form. You must take all practicable steps to make sure that your employees are provided with, and have access to and use suitable RPE. This factsheet covers some factors to consider when using RPE in your workplace and explains the requirement to monitor the health of employees when RPE is used to minimise a hazard.

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Last updated 23 March 2017

PLEASE NOTE

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.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.