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4 Step Path to Protection

At 3M, we know Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) specification can be confusing. With our 4 step, flexible process we break it down into manageable chunks.

This means that you and your business can rest easy knowing that you've made the right decisions to ensure that your people are protected and your business is compliant. This guide is an introduction to this process, specifically designed to tackle one of the trickier types of PPE; airborne gas and vapour hazards.

Following the "4 Step Path to Protection" will bring valuable benefits to you and your business:

Knowledge – Make informed decisions about the use of PPE, so you can be confident that you get it right first time
Value – Choose and use your PPE effectively, getting the best value for money from your kit and the best return on your investment
Compliance – Peace of mind in and out of work that you're taking the measures that legislation expects of you to protect your people
Confidence – In your decisions, day in, day out

What the HSE says
Monitoring needs to be carried out when it is deemed 'requisite' so as to be certain that a Workplace Exposure Limit (WEL) or any self-imposed(in-house) working standards are not exceeded

Why is detection important?
Identifying and measuring potential hazards in the workplace as part of your risk assessment is crucial. With this knowledge, you can be confident that the right health and safety strategy can be put in place and, when required, appropriate Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE) chosen.

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What the HSE says

  1. Where adequate control of exposure cannot be achieved by other means, the provision and use of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) may be appropriate. Employers are responsible for implementing and managing RPE selection and use
  2. RPE must be both adequate and suitable
Why is selection important? Enlist the support of our professional and experienced nationwide team of PPE sales specialists - Contact 3M If you already know your hazard levels, select from our wide range of RPE using on and offline selection tools at Utilise our many training and validation support tools to ensure you make the right choice first time Trial before you buy opportunities - Contact 3M

All people involved in the selection, use, storage and maintenance (if required) of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) require training

Why is training important?
If RPE is used incorrectly, or is poorly maintained, it is unlikely to provide the required protection. Investing in wearer training has a number of benefits including longer-lasting equipment, and a more compliant workforce.

How we can help
3M has a comprehensive library of training tools to help you train your people at your convenience. They will help you ensure that you're consistently compliant and get the best results from your RPE investment.

Introduce a maintenance program to make the most of your RPE investment with 3M –

What the HSE says

  1. Employers should make sure the selected Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is of the right size and can correctly fit the wearer
  2. In addition, you must ensure that reusable RPE undergoes thorough examination and, where appropriate, testing at suitable intervals

Why is validation important?
One of the most challenging elements of RPE specification is fit; ensuring that the RPE selected is compatible with each wearers individual face shape and, potentially, other PPE or eyewear.

How we can help
At 3M, we have a wide range of support tools and services which can help guide you through the necessary validation processes:

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