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RPE Maintenance

 

Who

Anyone using a respiratory requiring protection from substances hazardous to health


Why

In the UK the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in HSG53 2013 dictate that all Respiratory Protective Equipment used for more than 28 days are maintained to the manufacturer's production specification.


Where

This can be done on site; or at Prossor PPE premises.


When

  • The general requirement is determined by local policy in the event that the RPE is used infrequently then there is a dispensation in the documents to allow 90 days between maintenance schedules. We label equipment with a do not use label that places the equipment into quarantine after this date.
  • It is the responsibility of the wearer on their pre use checks to ensure that the mask is within use before dates.
  • The record must be kept for 5 years as per HSE282.28
  • Some industries may require the test more frequently due to regulations eg . the asbestos and lead working industries

What

  • All equipment should be maintained ,examined and tested, all items should be identifiable (we use serial numbers or identity tags)
  • The maintenance should replace time-expired, worn or damaged parts including valves and face seals.
  • There is a requirement for a written record to be kept of all components replaced and inspection being performed. (We would then apply a new do not use after sticker to assist the user to ensure compliance.)
  • Where applicable we use manufacturers approved calibration equipment to ensure repairs and replacement to production specifications.
  • Check the air quality to BA at least once every 3 months
  • We can offer a record management solution

Requirement

Within the UK there is a requirement dictated from the HSE that all masks that are worn for more than 28 days must have written records kept of the maintenance controls.

The guidance is aimed at the employers to ensure that they are aware of their responsibility for the control of substances hazardous to health regulations (known as COSHH) Control of lead at work regulations (known as CLAW) and the control of Asbestos at work regulations (known as CAW) The performance of a mask depends on the achieving of a good contact between the mask face seal and the wearers skin. It is unlikely that one type of mask will suit all wearers so masks are sized and have different characteristics. The face fit tester will determine the most suitable mask for face size and shape.

One of the tenets is that the masks where they are tight fitting are checked by a face fit test. This does not take the place of the risk assessment and determination of the correct filter medium for the hazard. This remains the responsibility of the employer who may have delegated the responsibility to a safety rep or health and safety professional.

A tight fitting face piece may be a full face mask, half mask or a disposable filtering face piece.

It is not suitable for people with beards stubble and facial hair. If the user has facial hair they would have to use a loose fitting unit Records should be stored for at least 5 years. We have a proprietary offering called Issue Control that will keep an electronic store of these records.

Fit testing does not assess the quality of maintenance of the RPE.

 

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