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Spotting a Fake Respirator

The British Occupational Hygiene Society has issued guidance to its members following concerns about the increasing amount of fake respiratory protective equipment in circulation. Thousands of new respirators are flooding the market and criminals are taking advantage of the decision to allow the use of respirators that would not normally be used in the UK.

Respirators are used by health care workers, but also by many other workers to protect them from work exposure to cancer-causing dust and harmful chemicals. The acute shortage in the NHS has led to donations of respirators to hospitals, leaving other workers exposed to life-threatening illnesses. Each year, it is estimated that more than 12,000 people die as a result of workplace exposures.

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