HSE safety alert: Ear loop respirators/masks do not provide protection as tight fitting RPE

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HSE does not recommend using ear loop masks/respirators as tight fitting RPE at work in GB.

New HSE research has revealed that respirators/masks which rely on ear loops to hold the respirator/mask in place, do not protect people adequately when used as tight fitting respiratory protective equipment (RPE). 


This safety alert advices dutyholders, who have these items available in their workplaces, to revisit their Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended) risk assessment and consider their RPE provision to ensure it is adequate, suitable for the user and the activity to be undertaken. 


For full details and further guidance view the safety alert.


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