Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE)

The law requires employers to prevent or control the exposure of employees and others (e.g. subcontractors) to hazardous substances at work.

Before using Respiratory Protective Equipment, exposure should be controlled by other measures (such as local exhaust ventilation), which are reasonably practicable. In other words, Respiratory Protective Equipment should only be used as a last choice of protection when working with hazardous substances such as gases, solvents, powered chemicals, mists and sprays or entering a confined space.

National Services Scotland

The law requires employers to prevent or control the exposure of employees and others (e.g. subcontractors) to hazardous substances at work.

Before using Respiratory Protective Equipment, exposure should be controlled by other measures (such as local exhaust ventilation), which are reasonably practicable. In other words, Respiratory Protective Equipment should only be used as a last choice of protection when working with hazardous substances such as gases, solvents, powered chemicals, mists and sprays or entering a confined space.

You could need Respiratory Protective Equipment:

  • While you are arranging to install other control measures.
  • For clearing up a spill.
  • For maintenance.
  • During temporary failure of a control measure at source, e.g. sudden failure of LEV.
  • For cleaning, e.g. low pressure washing of a dusty shed.
  • For short, one-off procedures.
  • When needed in addition to other control measures for safe working.

 If you require additional information you can contact the NSS Health & Safety Advisors through HR Connect Contact Us / Health and Safety 

Public Health Scotland

The law requires employers to prevent or control the exposure of employees and others (e.g. subcontractors) to hazardous substances at work.

Before using Respiratory Protective Equipment, exposure should be controlled by other measures (such as local exhaust ventilation), which are reasonably practicable. In other words, Respiratory Protective Equipment should only be used as a last choice of protection when working with hazardous substances such as gases, solvents, powered chemicals, mists and sprays or entering a confined space.

You could need Respiratory Protective Equipment:

  • While you are arranging to install other control measures.
  • For clearing up a spill.
  • For maintenance.
  • During temporary failure of a control measure at source, e.g. sudden failure of LEV.
  • For cleaning, e.g. low pressure washing of a dusty shed.
  • For short, one-off procedures.
  • When needed in addition to other control measures for safe working.

 If you require additional information you can contact the NSS Health & Safety Advisors through HR Connect Contact Us / Health and Safety 

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