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UpdatesMar 31, 2022

New guidance information on respiratory protective equipment

SafeWork SA has released guidance information on respiratory protective equipment (RPE).

The publication of the new guidance information comes after recent compliance program audits revealed a need for greater understanding of the correct selection and use of RPE as a control measure to manage the risk of occupational exposure to airborne contaminants.

SafeWork SA has issued 162 statutory notices associated with RPE over the past 3 years, with many for:

SafeWork SA Executive Director Martyn Campbell said, “selecting the incorrect RPE for the task or RPE that does not fit correctly is ineffective, and may give the wearer a false sense of protection. For many workers, the incorrect use of RPE is putting their health at risk. Our aim is that by providing guidance on RPE, we will provide clarity on expectations under the WHS Act”.

The guidance information covers:

Click here for the guidance information.

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