Sustaining life in hazardous environments...
Sustaining life in hazardous environments...

Technical Bulletins and Information


Developing an Effective Mask / Respiratory Protective Equipment (R.P.E.)

Cleaning and Disinfection Programme - Whitepaper

Cleaning RPE


This report is designed to give an overview of suitable methods, equipment and chemicals for effective cleaning and disinfecting of Respiratory Protective Equipment (R.P.E.). The detail of servicing inspection and testing is not covered in depth as this will depend on the R.P.E. manufacturers requirements.

 Everywhere respiratory protective masks and breathing apparatus are used, there remains ongoing challenges to the maintenance regime, for ensuring equipment is safe and operational.

During use, masks will become soiled with exposure to the surrounding environment. Typical soiling can include dirt, oils, grit, chemicals, and grease. In some cases, masks may be exposed to contamination which is dangerous at low levels which may need special processing depending on what the contaminant is - examples of this are asbestos fibres, radioactive particles, hazardous contagions, and harsh chemicals.  Soiling which is visible is easier to clean but remember that not all soiling will be easily visible.  

 Methods for cleaning need to be optimised to minimise downtime.




Guidance on Safe Entry to Inert Confined Spaces (Inert Entry)

Hazards of Nitrogen Inert Gas in Purging

Guidance on Gas Detection for Inert Entry Works

Practical Guidance on Work Related and Ergonomic Factors in the Selection of Respiratory Protective Equipment

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Breathing Air Hose Whitepaper

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Breathing Air Quality Whitepaper

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