In many industries, Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is vital, so it is important to know your legal obligations, says online legal analyst Cedrec. If your risk assessment shows the need for RPE, it is important to note the reasons behind this decision on the risk assessment in order to consider options in the future.
RPE at work should be: able to adequately control inhalation exposure to provide the wearer with effective protection; suitable for the intended use; CE-marked or of an approved type/standard approved by the HSE; used by properly trained people who are supervised; and properly stored, cleaned and checked regularly to ensure it remains effective. Employers should consult either a safety representative appointed through recognised trade unions or employees when implementing such measures as RPE.
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