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Control measure

Respiratory protective equipment

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Respiratory protective equipment (RPE)

Understand:

  • The purpose and types of RPE

 

Respirators

Understand:

  • The purpose of respirators

Breathing apparatus

Understand:

  • How BA works
  • When the use of BA as a control measure is likely to be required as part of the incident plan

Airlines

Understand:

  • How airlines work
  • The technical procedures for the use of airlines if provided
  • When the use of airlines may be appropriate

Face mask fit testing

Understand:

  • The need to carry out face mask fit testing
  • When face mask fit testing should be carried out

Maintenance of RPE

Understand:

  • What items of RPE need to be maintained
  • At what intervals RPE should be maintained, examined and tested
  • Who is competent to carry out the maintenance

Breathing apparatus foundation material

Understand:

  • The BA foundation material and how it supports the planning, use and command and control of BA

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Carry out a risk assessment before deploying personnel wearing RPE 

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Carry out a risk assessment to determine:
    • If it is appropriate to deploy personnel wearing RPE
    • What type of RPE should be worn

Ensure personnel wear the appropriate type of RPE

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure personnel wear and use the appropriate type and level of RPE throughout incidents

Consider the use of airline equipment

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • If airline equipment is available, consider the appropriateness of its use
  • Consider the physiological limitations of BA wearers using airline equipment