Disposable Respirators

Easy-to-use disposable respirators ensure your personnel are safe from airborne irritants

For everyday tasks requiring protection against smoke, dust and other respiratory irritants, disposable respirators are the equipment of choice. A standard disposable respirator should be designed for ease of use and maximum protection. A respirator that meets NIOSH specifications and has a filter efficiency of 95% or greater is ideal. Also consider the weight of the equipment when choosing one for your workforce as heavy respirators can contribute to fatigue especially when used for extended periods of time.

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Due to their convenience and effectivity, disposable respirators are the more common form respiratory protection equipment. However, being disposable in nature, some important factors should be remembered:
1. Do not use disposable respirators in hazardous environments as these are not tight-fitting.
2. Only use respirators in the environment they were meant to be used in. If you have an N95 respirator, only use this in oil-free environments; for protection against oil-based contaminants, choose an R95 or a P95 respirator.
3. Since using a respirator can make breathing more difficult, people with breathing problems or respiratory illnesses such as emphysema, bronchitis or even an existing heart condition should first consult with a physician.
4. Once soiled, disposable respirators should be discarded as these cannot be effectively cleaned.
5. Once a disposable respirator becomes ineffective, i.e. it becomes increasingly difficult to breathe, this should be replaced.