It can be very difficult to know when you should change a filter but this guide from the HSE is definitely very useful for giving you a steer in the right direction. If you need assistance in determining the most appropriate Respiratory Protective Equipment for your task, you need help setting up a suitable maintenance programme for your equipment, or you want any help and guidance we are always more than happy to advise.
The following is an extract from HSG53 – Respiratory protective equipment at work.
Respiratory Protective Equipment is a technical and one of the most confusing areas of PPE. Although not heavily publicised, the EN529:2005 Standard of the European Committee, which supersedes BS4275:1997, addresses recommendations for selection, use, care and maintenance of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE).
As one of the UK’s leading Confined Space training providers we receive a lot enquiries about delegates requiring a medical before attending a course. We though we will make it simple and put it in one short blog post.
Compressors that produce Breathing Air either to be supplied directly to users or to refill cylinders must produce air to the EN12021 standard, and tested as appropriate to confirm this. The quality of air from compressors can vary substantially and it is important to ensure that you are certain that the air being supplied is suitable to be supplied for breathing air purposes.
The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) will adopt EU Directive 2017/164 which establishes new ‘indicative occupational exposure limit values’ (IOELVs) for a number of toxic substances. This decision complies with Articles 2 and 7 of the Directive requiring Member States to establish the new occupational exposure limit values within national standards by August 21st 2018 (mining and tunnelling applications do not need to comply until 2023). More details can be seen here - https://osha.europa.eu/en/legislation/directive/directive-2017164eu-indicative-occupational-exposure-limit-values