Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is apparatus that is designed to be worn in contaminated atmospheres to provide the person wearing it with a supply of air that is clean and safe to breathe.

In cases where protection from respiratory contaminants is required, RPE will be needed if protection cannot be achieved by other means, such as enclosures or local exhaust ventilation. RPE is a last-resort control measure. The need for RPE should be identified in the relevant risk assessment.

This topic provides detail about the types of RPE that can be chosen for use, and information about the appropriate storage and maintenance of items.

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