RPE – Competent Person


This course is for the provision of respiratory protective equipment training for competent persons as detailed within HSG53 – Respiratory Protective Equipment at Work and the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR).

Respiratory protective equipment training is required to be given to Supervisors and other elected company representatives who are to carry out daily/monthly checks on any employees RPE who will be working with Asbestos.

Exemptions from this would apply to Employers who can demonstrate that their employees would not be exposed to a respiratory hazard or to be carrying out work in an oxygen deficient environment.

The Respiratory protective equipment competent person training does not train individuals to carry out any repairs to employees RPE.


The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, Regulation 10 requires every employer to ensure that adequate information, instruction and training is given to their employees who are or who are liable to be exposed to asbestos, or who supervise such employees.

This syllabus is concerned only with Respiratory Protective Equipment as per Regulation 11, paragraphs 276, 277, 278, 282 and 283 of the associated Approved Code of Practice.

This syllabus will assist employers in meeting the importance of Respiratory protection equipment inspection, making sure that employee RPE who are exposed to a respiratory hazard or carry out work in an oxygen deficient environment meets the requirements of the regulations and of the manufacturer’s instruction.

The importance of record keeping and why inspection is required on RPE, identify different types of respiratory protective equipment which are available and how to carry out inspection of those and what items of equipment is required to coincide with the main face piece of the RPE.

Allows employers, supervisors and elected company representatives to understand why employees are to undergo face fit testing and the importance of this procedure. General procedures which are to be followed in the event of an emergency and what immediate action should be taken by the supervisor and the individual wearer.

The course delivery should also discuss positive airline / pressure systems and why this type of RPE is used. This will not form part of the final assessment as training on this type of equipment shall be provided by those ancillary license holders providing this equipment.

Course Objective

To ensure that the individual is competent to perform the monthly checks on respiratory protective equipment (RPE) in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the actions/outcomes are recorded appropriately following HSE guidance HSG53 – Respiratory Protective Equipment at Work.

Course content will cover the following types of RPE:

  • Disposable face pieces (P1, P2, P3)
  • Re–usable orinasal half face masks: i.e Sundstrom SR100, SR90,
  • Full Face powered assisted face pieces: i.e Vision, Phantom Protector, Pro Mask, Gemini, Phantom Vision
  • Full face non powered assisted face pieces: i.e Sundstrom Sr200, 3m 6000 & 7000 series


4 hours (contact time)