Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is a particular type of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), used to protect the individual wearer against the inhalation of hazardous substances in the workplace air.
Protects workers exposed to a concentration of an airborne contaminant that would occur if the employee were not using respiratory protection.
These contaminants include: Dust, Gases/fumes, vapor, mist, smoke among others
Effects of respiratory hazards:Airway irritation, cancer, suffocation, headaches, death etc.
Choice of PPE used will be determined by the contaminant a worker should be protected against.