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.
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:
Only if none of these measures can be successfully carried out must personal protective equipment, in this case respiratory protection, be used.
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.