News in sight for the respiratory protective devices!

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 15:02 Personal Protective Equipment
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New criteria for particle filters used in respiratory protective devices will better protect the respiratory tract.

Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) are personal protective equipment used to protect the wearer from inhalation of hazardous substances. RPE should only be used when adequate control of exposure cannot be achieved by other means: as a last resource within the hierarchy of control measures: elimination, substitution, engineering controls, administrative controls, PPE.
Respiratory Protective Equipment not worn or selected appropriately is totally ineffective and may give the user a false sense of protection.
EN 143:2021 specifies particle filters for use as replaceable components in unassisted respiratory protective devices with the exception of escape devices and filtering face pieces. It includes laboratory tests for the assessment of compliance with the requirements.
Some filters complying with this standard can also be suitable for use with other types of respiratory protective devices and/or escape devices. If so, they need to be tested and marked according to the appropriate European standard.
This document does not cover requirements concerning respiratory hygiene.
Requirements for decrease of the microbiological hazards caused by the growth of bacteria and viruses on the filtration material are not considered.

Title: EN 143:2021 Respiratory protective devices - Particle filters - Requirements, testing, marking

Date of Availability: 24.02.2021

Last harmonized version under Personal Protective Equipment Regulation (EU) 2016/425: EN 143:2000/AC:2005


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