A Guide to Respiratory Protection
ParticulatesCan be created from a solid or a liquid. Solid particles are produced by operations such as grinding, crushing, drilling, blasting, sanding, and milling.
GasesCreated when solid materials vaporize under high heat. Fumes come from operations such as welding, smelting, and pouring of molten metal.
FumesCreated when solid materials vaporize under high heat. Fumes come from operations such as welding, smelting, and pouring of molten metal.
VaporsFormed when a solid or liquid evaporates. Common vapors are gasoline, paint thinners, and degreaser solvents.
Respiratory Selection Guide
Air Purifying Facepeice with filter
PAPR with filter
Air Purifying with chemical cartridges
PAPR with chemical cartridges
Air Purifying with chemical cartridges and filters
PAPR with chemical cartridges and filter
|Oxygen Deficient or IDHL (Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health)||
Airline with escape cylinder
|N - Filters non-oil based particulates||No time restrictions|
|R - Filters non-oil & oil based particulates||Use restricted to one 8-hour shift|
|P - Filters non-oil & oil based particulates||No time restrictions|
Air Purifying Disposable RespiratorsThese respirators contain filter material to block airborne particles from passing through the wearer's facemask. Designed to be thrown away when used to capacity.
Air Purifying Maintenance-Free RespiratorsThese respirators contain filter material to block airborne particles from passing through the wearer's facemask. Designed to be thrown away when used to capacity.
Air Purifying Low Maintenance RespiratorsCombine the economy of disposables with the flexibility of reusable respirators. Cartridges, prefilters, and some replacement parts are available.
Air Purifying Reusable RespiratorsHeavy-duty respirators feature a full line of replacement parts for longer life. Cartridges are available for a wide variety of chemical contaminants. Pre-filters are available for additional protection from particulates.
Powered Air Purifying RespiratorsBattery charged blower units power these respirators and supply a continuous flow of filtered air into the headpiece. These systems are available with additional head protection for a variety of application requirements.
Airline Respirator SystemsAirline systems use a pump and hose to bring breathable air into the wearer's face mask system. This supplied air can be pressure demand-air flows only when you breathe, or continuous flow-a constant stream of air flows into the face mask system.
Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus SystemsThese respirators allow you to carry your own supply of breathable air. Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus (EEBA) systems utilize smaller tanks and are used for escape purposes only. EEBAs may also be used in conjunction with airline systems.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversees and regulates workplace health and safety. OSHA requirements define the minimum acceptable standards for a Respiratory Program. These requirements include the following:
- Establish written operating procedures for selecting and using respirators.
- Properly select respirators based on hazards your workers are exposed to.
- Conduct fit testing and train workers on the proper use and limitations of respirators.
- Clean and disinfect respirators regularly.
- Store respirators in a convenient and sanitary location.
- Routinely inspect respirators during cleaning and replace worn or deteriorating parts. Emergency use respirators must be thoroughly inspected at least once a month and after every use.
- Survey work area conditions and degree of employee exposure or stress.
- Regularly inspect and evaluate the effectiveness of your Respiratory Program.
- Do not assign persons to tasks requiring respirator use unless they have been medically evaluated and deemed fit to perform the work and use the equipment.
- Use only NIOSH approved respirators.
3M™ Breathe Easy™ System
Build the system that's right for you!
The Breathe Easy™ System consists of a helmet or hood, breathing tube, turbo PAPR unit, and battery charger. The battery charged turbo unit powers the system and supplies a steady stream of cool, filtered air to the headpiece. The unit can operate continuously for up to 8 hours. Systems are customized with cartridges specific to your needs.
Easy to order in 3 simple steps
Step 1 - Select your helmet, facepiece, or hood
A variety of hoods and helmets are available and compatible with turbo units. Please check your selection to see if the breathing tube is included or sold separately. There are a number of accessories available to make using the helmet, facepiece, or hood more comfortable. Accessories may include spectacle holders for full facepiece respirators, chin face seals, and Nomex® neck protectors for use with welding helmets.
Step 2 - Select your cartridge
Cartridges are available for many applications. The cartridge you select will determine which turbo unit you need.
- Organic Vapors (Item# 3779) - Single
- Organic Vapors/Acid Gas (Item# 3780) - Single
- Organic Vapors/Acid Gases/HEPA (Item# 3781) - Combo
- Organic Vapors/HEPA (Item# 3782) - Combo
- Formaldehyde/Acid Gas (Item# 3783) - Single
- Ammonia/Methylamine (Item# 3785) - Single
- HEPA (Item# 3787) - Single
Step 3 - Select your turbo unit
3M™ Belt-Mounted PAPR
How does a belt-mounted Power Air Purifying Respirator system work?
This belt-mounted system consists of a hood, helmet, or facepiece, breathing tube, and PAPR motor blower unit. Blower unit is powered by a NiCad battery and can operate up to 8 hours per charge. Systems are customized with cartridges specific to the wearer's needs.
Easy to order... Simple to customize in 3 easy steps
Step 1 - Select your PAPR unit
Choose PAPR motor blower. The motor blower comes with blower unit, battery, charger, belt flow meter, power cord, and plugs. Accessories and replacement parts are available and sold separately.
Step 2 - Select your hood, headgear, or facepiece, and breathing tube
A variety of hoods and helmets are available. All are compatible with the belt-mounted PAPR motor blower. Select the headpiece that best fits your requirements. Breathing tubes are sold separately and should be purchased with your headpiece. Please select the item# for the breathing tube that is listed with your headpiece.
Step 3 - Select your 3M PAPR cartridge
Cartridges are available for many applications. Choose the one that's right for you!
- Organic Vapors (Item# 7217)
- Acid Gases (Item# 7219)
- Organic Vapors/Acid Gases (Item# 7221)
- HEPA Filter (Item# 7223)
- Organic Vapors/HEPA Filter (Item# 7225)
- Organic Vapors/Acid Gases/HEPA Filter (Item# 7229)
- Ammonia (Item# 7233)
- Ammonia/HEPA Filter (Item# 7237)