We are proud to announce the publication of the review by Malinee Laipaiboon et al. titled Behavioural interventions to promote workers' use of respiratory protective equipment. Sadly the review found only very low quality evidence that behavioural interventions, namely education and training, do not have a considerable effect on the frequency or correctness of RPE use in workers. There is an urgent need for better studies.
We need large RCTs with properly randomised sequence generation, allocation concealment and assessor blinding, in order to evaluate the effectiveness of behavioural interventions for improving the use of RPE at both organisational and individual levels. New studies should consider some of the barriers to the successful use of RPE, such as experience of health risk, types of RPE and the employer's attitude to RPE use.