Selecting and specifying the appropriate protection equipment for most people will be a difficult decision. There are multiple factors to consider, as the masks not only needs to provide the appropriate protection for the job, but also be comfortable enough for the individual worker to wear during the whole period of the exposure.
Selection of protection – 4 Step Method.
1. Identify the hazard – dust, fumes, gas, vapour etc.
2. Assess the risk – assess the hazard levels against safety standards and consider the other protection – skin and eye.
3. Select the correct respirator for the required exposure
4. Training in fitting and use – to optimise the respiratory protection.