Respiratory Protection Done Right: Understanding AS/NZS 1715 Standards

Respiratory Protection Done Right: Understanding AS/NZS 1715 Standards

In light of the recent publication by Safe Work Australia highlighting the dangers of engineered stone, particularly the risks associated with Silica exposure, it's imperative for businesses to prioritise respiratory protection for their employees.

As a provider of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Absafe Group has been actively involved in assisting businesses in implementing robust respiratory protection programs. At Absafe Group, we understand the importance of selecting the right respiratory gear and ensuring its proper use, maintenance, and care. We take a consultative approach to guide businesses through the process, ensuring simplicity, clarity, and cost-effectiveness.

To ensure your staff are adequately protected, it's crucial to comply with AS/NZS 1715 standards.

Here are some key points to consider:

Establishing a Written Respiratory Protection Program: According to the standard, a written respiratory protection program should be in place. This program should be overseen by a designated administrator and include:

  • Assessment of exposure to airborne contaminants.
  • Selection of appropriate respirators.
  • Evaluation of employees' health to ensure they can wear a respirator.
  • Regular fit-testing and training of employees.
  • Inspection, repair, cleaning, storage, and replacement of respirators as needed.
  • Periodic review of the program to ensure proper implementation.
  • Maintaining written records of all activities.

By adhering to these guidelines, businesses can mitigate the risks associated with airborne contaminants and safeguard the health and well-being of their employees.

If you require assistance in navigating the complexities of respiratory protection, Absafe is here to help. Our team can provide on-site consultations and evaluations tailored to your workplace needs, ensuring that you have the right solutions in place for optimal protection.

If you need assistance in the correct selection, use care and maintenance for your respiratory protection please contact paul.holland@absafe.com.au

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