Respiratory protective equipment (RPE) may be needed to protect workers from exposure to harmful substances. However, it should only be used after all other reasonably practicable measures to prevent or control exposure have been considered. In the hierarchy of control under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations, RPE is the last line of protection. RPE can only protect the wearer, and if it is inadequate, unsuitable, used incorrectly, or poorly maintained, it is unlikely to provide the required protection.
Below are 5 pdf downloads that cover off the main areas of RPE Guidance. Simply click on the image to download a specific information sheet or alternatively, to download all 5 guidance sheets in a compact zip format CLICK HERE.