Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) Training

Learn how to put on, use and maintain Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) to ensure safety and compliance. Our RPE training is an awareness level course that explains the fundamentals of RPE and how to choose the right RPE for the wearer and environment. Users learn about the types of RPE, when they’re effective and how to fit them correctly to ensure worker safety and compliance with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.

Course Details:

Single Module

Approximately 25+ minutes

Online assessment

Access on mobile and laptop

IIRSM Approved

Certificate valid for three years

RPE Training

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) Training

£25.00 +VAT

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Learning Outcomes

Know what RPE is and when it is necessary to make work safe

Recognise the health risks RPE protects against

Identify types of RPE suited to different hazards/situations

Understand RPE components and how to use and maintain them

Detect and avoid faults that compromise RPE’s effectiveness

Gain awareness of employer and employee legal duties

Course Outline

This course includes the following sections:

Explains what RPE is, its purpose and when it’s needed.

Explores how RPE protects against airborne contaminants like dust, fumes, mists, gases and vapours and explains the health risks of inhaling these substances.

Looks at three types of RPE and the different work scenarios they’re essential for.

Explains the main components of RPE so users can correctly use and maintain equipment.

Examines the factors that affect RPE performance and what wearers must do to maintain its effectiveness.

Discusses the legal duties and responsibilities of employers and employees surrounding RPE.

Why is RPE Training Important?

Workers in various industries, including as construction, manufacturing, food, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, are at risk of inhaling airborne contaminants. If proper precautions aren’t taken, these contaminants can cause long-term or fatal respiratory conditions such as asthma, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer.

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) protects workers against these conditions and prevents them from breathing in harmful substances. However, wearing RPE is no guarantee of safety. Workers must use, maintain and fit the equipment correctly to ensure its effectiveness.

Our RPE training provides the necessary knowledge and skills to correctly select, use and maintain RPE. Trainees learn when RPE is necessary and how to avoid errors or equipment faults that compromise safety. Workers will understand how to comply with legislation and use RPE to protect against airborne contaminants in their workplace.

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Key Information

12,000 workers die every year in the UK due to work-related lung diseases.

About RPE Course

HSE document HSG53 states that all people involved in the selection, use, storage and maintenance of RPE must receive training.

This RPE training course covers these legal duties and explains how to use and look after RPE properly.

What is RPE Training?

RPE training covers types, components and functions of RPE so workers can safely use and maintain it. It also examines factors that undermine RPE’s effectiveness to help users identify and avoid these faults. Trainees can ensure the safe use of RPE in the workplace, control the risk of exposure to hazardous substances and comply with relevant health and safety regulations.

The course explains:

  • How RPE works
  • Different types of RPE
  • Main components of respirators and their functions
  • How to detect and avoid faults in RPE
  • Procedures to fit, use and maintain RPE correctly
  • Legal responsibilities associated with RPE

Are You Aware of Your Responsibilities?

Employers have a legal duty to protect workers when air quality cannot be guaranteed. To do this, they must:

  • Conduct thorough risk assessments to determine if RPE is necessary
  • Ensure that the selected RPE is suitable for the work environment and wearer and protects against the relevant hazards
  • Conduct face-fit tests to ensure proper sizing and fit for wearers
  • Provide training to employees on proper RPE use, maintenance and reporting procedures
  • Integrate RPE into work activities and ensure compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Ensure that RPE is CE-marked or meets the type/standard approved by HSE

These duties are reinforced by several pieces of legislation, including:

  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA)
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR)
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
  • Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM)
  • Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR)
  • Health & Social Care Act 2008 (HSCA)
  • Conformity Marking Legislation

Failure to comply with these regulations risks workers’ health and safety and may result in legal consequences such as fines, disqualification or imprisonment.

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RPE Training Certification

RPE Training Certification

Course Assessment

Users must complete an assessment before earning their certification.

The end-of-course test is:

  • 100% online
  • Multiple choice

A score of 80% is required to pass.

What Does My Certificate Include?

The RPE Training course certificate includes the trainee’s name, company name, course name, date of completion, expiry date and name of the approval body.

The IIRSM-approved certificate will be available for download and printing instantly upon course completion.

RPE Training

RPE Training

£25.00 +VAT

1 Module

Approximately 25+ minutes

Approved by IIRSM

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Frequently Asked Question

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) training explains how to correctly select, use and maintain RPE to prevent the inhalation of hazardous airborne substances. It covers essential topics such as the types and components of RPE, how to fit the equipment, and relevant legislation.

RPE Training is suitable for you if you’re an RPE user or responsible for selecting and maintaining Respiratory Protective Equipment for others. This includes:

  • Construction workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Welders
  • Face fit testers
  • Managers who supervise RPE use
  • Employers with workers exposed to airborne contaminants or low-oxygen areas

RPE prevents you from breathing in harmful particles, such as dust, fumes, gases and vapours. Inhalation of these contaminants can lead to severe respiratory conditions like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, silicosis, asbestosis and even lung cancer.

Yes. You must use RPE suited to you, your work environment, duration of exposure and the type and concentration of airborne contaminants present.

You must check all RPE before every use. For more thorough inspections and maintenance, the HSE recommends you follow the manufacturer’s guidance.