HSE has published advice explaining alternative ways of working to reduce risk which may mean you no longer need to use respiratory protective equipment (RPE) for working with power tools.

We have guidance explaining the control measures employers should consider when dealing with (RPE) supply issues during the pandemic.

The new webpage on power tools outlines control measures, including using alternative ways of working, to reduce the risk of exposure to hazardous substances. There is advice on working with tools such as:

  • power or masonry drills
  • cut-off saws
  • handheld pneumatic breakers or jackhammers
  • core drills
  • angle grinders

Putting in place improved control measures may mean that you no longer need to use RPE or can use RPE with a lower assigned protection factor (APF).

For all the latest information and advice around workplace health and safety during the pandemic visit the HSE coronavirus website at www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/