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Selecting adequate and suitable respiratory protective equipment can be daunting, but with our new guide complete confidence is only four steps away.

In the last edition of Safety Talk (September 2013) we previewed our new 3M™ Monitor Badge and Analysis Service – a simple way for employers to detect, identify and measure potential organic vapour respiratory hazards in the workplace as part of a thorough health and safety risk assessment find out more at

Now fully available, this monitoring service is part of our new, easy-to-follow, 4-step guide to selecting the right respiratory protective equipment (RPE). The guide is designed to take the guesswork out of what can be a confusing process, breaking it down into manageable chunks to give health and safety managers the confidence to choose suitable and adequate PPE that not only protects workers but also ensures their business is compliant with current legislation.

Detection, Selection, Training, Validation
The four steps are set out simply and clearly in the guide, with explanations of their practical importance as well as how they relate to safety legislation and HSE guidance. In each step, users will find tips and advice from our health and safety specialists, along with information about how 3M can help - from online respirator selection tools and downloadable maintenance record cards to bespoke fit-testing, training and validation services.

4 steps, 4 outstanding benefits
Sometimes the simplest tools are the most effective. Following this guide to RPE selection could bring significant benefits to health and safety managers and to the organisations they work for – whether it’s the knowledge to make an informed decision about PPE; choosing effectively to get value for money and a return on investment; the peace of mind that comes with knowing your business is compliant; or simply the confidence in making the right health and safety decisions every day. To request a copy of the guide, please call the 3M Personal Safety Division on 0870 60 800 60 (UK) or 1 800 320 500 (Ireland); alternatively you can view the content here.

Let us do the overtime
Here at 3M we offer a wide range of support tools and services that can help guide health and safety managers through various essential validation processes, such as respirator fit testing, equipment maintenance programmes, and filter service life checks. To learn more visit or for advice and support on workplace health and safety, call the 3M Personal Safety Division on 0870 60 800 60 (UK) or 1 800 320 500 (Ireland). Stay up to date by following us on Twitter @3M_UK_Safety.