Kevin Williams gives tips on the correct selection and use of respiratory protective equipment (RPE).

Research reveals 50% of people using respiratory protective equipment may still be breathing in harmful substances.

Every year, 30,000 UK workers suffer from breathing or lung problems and 12,000 people die from long latency respiratory illnesses because of exposure to harmful substances at work. The correct respiratory protective equipment (RPE), correctly used and correctly fitted, can prevent the vast majority of these deaths. However, research has uncovered that up to 50% of RPE users could still be breathing in harmful substances every single day while at work.

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