Work activities may result in harmful substances contaminating the air in the form of dust, mist, gas or fume. Workers may also need to work in areas where oxygen levels are low, for example: confined spaces, such as a chamber or tank. Breathing protection equipment is designed to protect the wearer from these hazards.
The protection of the employee is the first priority
Before employees wear respiratory protection, it must be carefully checked whether this measure cannot be avoided by taking alternative technical or organisational protective measures. This usually involves checking the following points:
Are there alternatives for the hazardous substance used or can it be avoided completely?
Can the release of the hazardous substance be avoided?
Can the hazard be contained at its point of origin?
Can the activity be carried out from a less hazardous location?
Can the pollutant be captured at its point of origin, for example by extraction?
Only if none of these measures can be successfully carried out must personal protective equipment, in this case respiratory protection, be used.
What does breathing protection equipment safeguard against?
Those working in environments where such accidents and resulting injury can occur need breathing protective equipment close at hand. Its correct use by working personnel prevents them breathing in contaminated air that can cause serious damage to the body’s respiratory system. Gas masks filter out toxic gases and chemicals so that you are protected against ill effects and health impacts.The equipment is vital for employees working in large chemical manufacturing plants, chambers and tanks.