The in's and out's of legislation can seem never ending and at many times a bit of minefield particularly when it comes to respiratory protection. As such we have gathered the relevant legal documentation that businesses and employer's need to be aware of to ensure they are abiding the law and protecting their staff.
COSHH (Control of substances hazardous to health) 2002
The associated document (link below) outlines the recommended methods to protect your employees from hazardous substances that they may be exposed to during work. Understanding and complying with the methods in this document typically mean you will be following the law and protecting your staff.
HSE INDG 479
The associated document (link below) provides guidance on RPE face fit testing. This guidance is not compulsory by law, however if you follow this guidance you will typically be doing enough so that you comply with the law in terms of COSHH 2002 and your legal duty of care to your employees. Please note, if you choose not to follow this guidance you must be able to provide documented testing evidence that you are achieving at least the same or better required standard.
The associated document (link below) outlines when and where respiratory equipment should be used and also what level of protection you require in order to protect from various hazards. It also goes through how to select RPE which is both adequate and suitable for the wearer and environment of work. As an employer this all needs to be taken into consideration when selecting appropriate and suitable RPE.
The associated document (link below) outlines the list of workplace exposure limits for use with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended).