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RPE Essentials


Whilst the use of RPE should only be considered when other control measures are impractical or after their implementation a residual risk remains, there are many workplace situations where RPE is required.

RPE is capable of providing effective protection, provided that it is correctly selected, used and maintained. Unsuitable, poorly maintained and incorrectly used RPE may give limited protection, or may not provide any protection at all. This could lead to ill heath in the short or long term, with the possibility of permanent disability. If the RPE is being used in conditions where there is an immediate danger to life and health, the situation could prove fatal.

This course will increase your knowledge and understanding of RPE and how it can be used effectively in the workplace as a control measure. It will provide training in correctly selecting adequate and suitable RPE (following the principles of HSG 53 and COSHH essentials), and how it should be used and maintained. The course will include practical elements to enhance learning and provide practical skills.

What will the course cover?

  • What RPE is and how it works
  • RPE types - capabilities and limitations
  • Legal requirements
  • Correct selection
  • Wearer training
  • Correct use
  • Maintenance
  • Management - the 'RPE Programme'

Who should attend?

Individuals who are seeking to increase their knowledge and have responsibility for the correct selection, use and maintenance of RPE in the workplace.


The course will be run at the HSE Science and Research Centre in the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport. This course can be run at your site or local area by arrangement.

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


£650 per person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments).

Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit card at the time of booking.

This course can also be delivered in-company, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Telephone: +44 (0)203 028 3704

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