Guidance on identifying fake Respiratory Protective Equipment or respirators

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What does this involve?

The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) has published guidance for its members and others on identifying fake Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE). This has become a problem during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, when the personal protective equipment (PPE) market is inundated with fake respirators claiming to be genuine.

These fakes will pose a health risk to anyone wearing them because they will provide little protection against the coronavirus. The guidance explains the markings you can expect to find on genuine respirators and the information that should be contained in an EU Certificate and Declaration of Conformity (DoC).

It also links to additional resources to help you identify if a PPE product is genuine or not.

Am I eligible?

Anyone can use this service.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Anyone using or responsible for procuring Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE), or respirators.

How long does this take?

You can read the guidance at your own pace.

Important information

This guidance will need to evolve as those manufacturing and marketing fake respirators change their tactics. Check online regularly for the latest advice.

Next steps

Visit the BOHS website for more information and to read the full guidance.

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