Ops Instruction: 3m Versaflo TR-300+ Respiratory Protective Equipment

Ops Instruction

Guidance has been created for use of 3m Versaflo TR-300+ Respiratory Protective Equipment for staff who are not FFP3 Fit Tested only - FFP3 is first choice.

The respiratory protective equipment (RPE) should be worn where there is suspected or confirmed infectious contaminants in the air, which are transmitted through droplets and fine aerosols. Examples are:

  • Measles
  • Influenza
  • Multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis
  • Whooping cough
  • Coronavirus e.g. SARS, MERS, COVID-19
  • Asbestos
  • Hardwood Dust
  • Glass Dust

This list is not exhaustive, please refer to the A-Z of infectious diseases within the IPC Safe Practice Guidelines for more details.

If there are suspected or confirmed infectious contaminants and aerosol-generating procedures are undertaken the RPE should also be worn. Examples are a patient with a suspected infection that is spread by airborne contaminants who requires procedures such as:

  • Intubation
  • Manual ventilation and open suctioning
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • ‘Igel’ insertion


RPE does not need to be worn when these procedures are performed on patients where there is no history to suggest such an infection.
Once a member of staff identified as non-compliant with FFP3 is tasked to a call then EOC will arrange for the nearest LOM to rendezvous with the crew. The LOM will have the hoods and can undertake training of the crew.

Where possible, EOC should identify crews with two FFP3 tested staff.

Further details on the use of 3m Versaflo TR-300+ Respiratory Protective Equipment can be found on the Ops Instruction.

Published 26th February 2020

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