OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 18 Personal Protective Equipment

Section 254 Emergency escape equipment

Normal operating conditions at a work site or work area may not require respiratory protective equipment to be worn. However, emergency conditions may develop that require a worker to use respiratory protective equipment while the worker evacuates the work area. This section describes the types of respiratory protective equipment considered acceptable for this purpose.

In cases like this where the employer’s hazard assessment has identified that a contaminant may suddenly enter a work area, the nature of the contaminant must be known and workers in that area must be provided with appropriate protection from that contaminant.