In Australia, the use of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) in the workplace has strict legal regulations under the National Code of Practice Control of Workplace Hazardous Substances.
The majority of enforceable regulations on RPE usage and fit testing guidance can be found in:
The law requires employers to prevent/control the exposure of employees and others to hazardous substances at work.
Employers must carry out a thorough risk assessment to identify any potential hazardous substances before work begins and take action to prevent/control employee exposure.
If RPE is required, an RPE Program must be put in place, which includes:
In some cases, additional regulations may also apply.
A plethora of other resources exist which you may find helpful. These include: