Types of respiratory protection:
- Half Facepiece Respirators - are reusable and have replaceable cartridges or filters. They cover the nose and mouth and provide protection against gases, vapors, or particles when equipped with the appropriate cartridge or filter.
- Full Facepiece Respirators - are reusable and have replaceable canisters, cartridges, or filters. The facepiece covers the face and eyes, offering built in eye protection.
- Disposable Filtering Facepiece Respirators - are disposable half facepiece respirators that filter out particles such as dusts, mists, and fumes. They do NOT provide protection against gases and vapors.
- Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) have a blower that pulls air through filters, canisters, or cartridges. They provide protection against gases, vapors, or particles, when equipped with the appropriate cartridge, canister, or filter.
- Supplied-Air Respirators are connected to a separate air source that supplies clean air through a hose. They can be lightweight and used while working for long hours in environments not immediately dangerous to life and health.
Why is respiratory protection important?
Respiratory protective equipment is a particular type of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), used to protect the wearer against inhalation of hazardous substances in the air. Respirators protect workers against insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays. These hazards may cause cancer, lung impairment, diseases, or death.
Respirators protect the user in two basic ways. The first is by the removal of contaminants from the air. Respirators of this type include particulate respirators, which filter out airborne particles, and air-purifying respirators with cartridges/canisters which filter out chemicals and gases. Other respirators protect by supplying clean respirable air from another source.
What applications and industries require respiratory protection?
Respirators are selected based upon evaluation of the workspace hazards. These hazards can include: nuisance dusts, non-toxic chemicals, hazardous particulates (asbestos, lead, mold), toxic chemicals, gases, vapors and fumes.
- Industrial Construction Sites
- Renovation and Remediation Job sites
- Any project invloving asbestos, lead or mold
- Any project involving vapors, fumes or gasses from chemicals
What respiratory protection products do we offer?
We carry single-use disposable respirators, reusable respirators, powered and supplied air respirator systems. In addition to the right facepiece, it is very important to make sure you are using the right filter or cartridge for the chemicals or substances present in the workspace. We stock filters and cartridges for every application.
- Filters are made of material that is designed to trap particles as you breathe.
- Cartridges contain a material that absorbs gases and vapors.
Explore our variety of respiratory protection parts and accessories today!