Providing appropriate respiratory protective equipment

It is important to identify hazards posed to operatives on site and implement measures to offset the risks.

The construction industry poses a number of hazards to operatives, most notably of which being silica and silican dusts.

It is important to appropriately inform and protect your workforce to minimise exposure to harmful substances.

Below is an example of how a site not only safeguarded their workforce, but took into consideration religious and cultural beliefs:

  • Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) has been developed in partnership with the supplier, for use by those who for religious reasons have a beard and therefore cannot wear a face-fit mask;
  • The RPE developed covers the head and works by maintaining a positive air pressure;
  • It is operated by battery and an alarm sounds when the battery needs to be replaced.

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Monitor Report, Costain/Laing O'Rourke JV, London, November 2015

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