Tag Archives: RPE

Respiratory Protective Equipment and Facial Hair

With the recent news that welding fume has been classified as carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) there has been much talk in the workplace about respiratory protective equipment (RPE) and facial hair. Before we discuss respiratory protection it’s important to remember that any form of personal protective equipment, […]

Face Fit Testing

Where respiratory protective equipment (RPE) and face masks are used, it is essential that these provide adequate protection for all individual wearers. Face masks can’t protect the wearer if they leak. A major cause of leaks is poor fit – the face mask needs to fit the face to be effective. Many masks rely on […]

Does your face fit?

Many professionals within the construction industry are waking up to the risks posed by airborne dust particles, yet there are many whose awareness of the legal requirements remains worryingly limited. Everybody jumps at the very hint of asbestos fibres, yet attitudes remain blasé toward other harmful substances, such as silica and wood dust which can […]

HSE Priorities for the construction sector

HSE inspectors have been visiting construction sites throughout the country over the past few weeks. In fact recently a third of all construction sites visited by the HSE in Wales fell short of the expected H&S Standards. Of the 224 sites across the country visited by inspectors, 69 failed health and safety checks. Inspectors handed […]