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RPE - Competent Person

RESPIRATORY PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT – COMPETENT PERSON

Introduction

This syllabus sets out the guidance 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). The document provides the syllabus for the training along with guidance on the minimum content of all courses.

Trainers can offer bespoke or tailored training for the remainder of any training session but the core content MUST be adhered to.

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 given by those providing this equipment.

Occupational Relevance

Employers, supervisors, health & safety representatives and elected company representatives who are responsible for the selection, use, maintenance and the record keeping for employees RPE.

Individuals that are responsible for the above areas should have appropriate experience within the area of work which they are responsible for the employees’ overall safety.

Anybody selecting, using or maintaining RPE should be competent. You should be able to demonstrate this by reference to records of appropriate training.

Duration

Minimum of 4 learning hours.

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Respiratory Protective Equipment – Competent Person Syllabus


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