For Respiratory Protection, under current legislation, employers are responsible for providing suitable personal protection to employees who need it when all other hazard factors have been eliminated, providing proper adequate selection, fitting and training in its use, maintaining the equipment in good order, keeping maintenance records, and replacing when necessary. Respiratory protective equipment may appear daunting, with multiple factors to consider; - the equipment needs to not only provide appropriate protection for the job, but also be comfortable enough for the individual user to wear during the whole period of exposure. As guidance in the correct selection of Respiratory Protection Equipment Office Supplies World suggest you to follow a basic steps method firstly to identify the hazards like dust, mists, metal fume, gas, vapour, etc, then assess the hazard and exposure levels against safety standards and consider other protection requirements eg. skin and eyes, select the right respirator which could be disposable, half mask, full face, powered or airline, and finally fully train in fitting and use to optimise respiratory protection. As an explanation o f the different types of respirators consider FFP1 Respirators (APF 4) which are identified by YELLOW straps, as Low level fine dust/oil or water based mists for hand sanding, drilling and cutting). FFP2 (APF 10) Respirators which are identified by BLUE straps or valve lettering for moderate level fi ne dust/oil or water based mists for plastering, cement, sanding and wood dust). FP3 Respirators, identified by RED straps or valve lettering, for higher level fine dust/oil or water based mists for hazardous pharmaceutical powders, biological agents and fibres. Please note that where the respirator is used for more than one shift, and disposed of within a month, record keeping is not required under COSHH. The only maintenance, apart from daily visual inspection, is the cleaning of the face seal for hygiene requirements. When currently used by a wearer who has passed a face fit test, an FFP1 respirator should reduce exposure to airborne particles by a factor of four, FFP2 by a factor of 10 and an FFP3 by a factor of 20.
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