Frequently Asked Questions on Occupational Safety and Health

Personal Protective Equipment
Q1. What are the ear protectors that have been approved by the Commissioner for Labour?Answer  
Q2. What are the approved specifications for eye protectors? Answer  
Q3. What are the specifications for suitable safety helmets and safety shoes? Answer  
Q4. What are the respiratory protective equipment that have been approved by the Commissioner for Labour for protection against asbestos dust at work?Answer
Q5. How can I select suitable approved respiratory protective equipment for protection against asbestos dust?Answer
Q6. What are the Breathing Apparatuses that have been approved by the Commissioner for Labour for use in confined spaces?Answer

 
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Q1. What are the ear protectors that have been approved by the Commissioner for Labour?
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The Commissioner for Labour has approved a list of ear protectors (PDF) under Section 7 of the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Noise at Work) Regulation, Chapter 59T.

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Q2. What are the approved specifications for eye protectors?
A2.

The Commissioner for Labour has approved a list of specifications under Regulation 4 of the Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Protection of Eyes) Regulations, Chapter 59S.
   

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Q3. What are the specifications for suitable safety helmets and safety shoes?
A3.

Some common standards of safety helmets are listed in Chapter 6.2 of the publication 'Guidance Notes on the Selection, Use and Maintenance of Safety Helmets' (PDF) and some common standards of safety shoes are listed in the following table.

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Q4. What are the respiratory protective equipment that have been approved by the Commissioner for Labour for protection against asbestos dust at work?
A4.

The Commissioner for Labour has approved a list of respiratory protective equipment for protection of workers against asbestos dust under Section 4 of Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Asbestos) Regulation, Chapter 59AD. They are grouped under five categories as below:

  1. Disposable, half-face particulate respirator
  2. Half-face particulate filter (cartridge) respirator
  3. Full-face particulate filter (cartridge) respirator
  4. Powered air-purifying respirator
  5. Supplied-air respirator
Q5. How can I select suitable approved respiratory protective equipment for protection against asbestos dust?
A5.

Useful guidance for selection of approved respirators for asbestos work can be found in the Appendix VI - Selection guide to approved respiratory protective equipment (RPE) for protection against asbestos dust) (PDF) of the Code of Practice - Safety and Health at Work with Asbestos.

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Q6. What are the Breathing Apparatuses that have been approved by the Commissioner for Labour for use in confined spaces?
A6.

The Commissioner for Labour has approved a list of breathing apparatuses (PDF) for use in confined spaces under Section 12 of Factories and Industrial Undertakings (Confined Spaces) Regulation, Chapter 59AE.

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