Respiratory Protection

Respiratory Protection

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    3M Safety 54356 3M 2071, P95 Particulate Air Filter, 2/pack

    3M 2071, P95 Particulate Air Filter, 2/pack

    3M Safety

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        3M P95 Particulate Filter Suitable for oil and non-oil particulates! Specially designed carbon layers provide respiratory protection. Protects from liquid or oil based particles that do not also emit harmful vapors. Protects...
    LM-2071
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    LM-2071
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    Filter Type:
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    NIOSH Rating:
    P95
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    3M 8210 N95 Disposable Respirator 3M Safety 46457 3M 8210 N95 Particulate Respirator, 20/box

    3M 8210 N95 Particulate Respirator, 20/box

    3M Safety

    $18.99 - $137.99
    3M 8210 N95 Respirator America's Favorite N95 Respirator! 95% efficiency against solid and liquid aerosols that do not contain oils. Advanced electrostatically charged microfibers make breathing easier and cooler. Adjustable nose clip reduces...
    8210
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    8210
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  • 3M Safety 8511 3M 8511 N95 Respirator with Valve, 10/box 3M Safety 8511 3M 8511 N95 Respirator with Valve, 10/box

    3M 8511 N95 Respirator with Valve, 10/box

    3M Safety

    $26.99 - $184.99
    3M 8511 N95 Cool Flow Valve Respirator Keeps you cool in hot, humid conditions! Proprietary Cool Flow Valve reduces heat build-up within respirator to help provide comfortable, reliable protection. Lightweight, durable construction is spacious and...
    LB8511
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    LB8511
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    NIOSH Rating:
    N95
    Valve:
    Yes
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    3M Safety 2091 3M 2091, P100 Particulate Air Filter, 2/pack

    3M 2091, P100 Particulate Air Filter, 2/pack

    3M Safety

    Now: $8.49
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    3M 2091 P100 Respirator Filter Lightweight and easy-breathing! P100 particulate prefilter for certain oil and non-oil based particles, including lead, asbestos, cadmium, arsenic, and MDA. Reduce inventory and training, good for many different...
    LM-2091
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    LM-2091
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    Filter Type:
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    NIOSH Rating:
    P100
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  • 3M Safety 54143 3M 8233 N100 Respirator Mask, each 3M Safety 54143 3M 8233 N100 Respirator Mask, each

    3M 8233 N100 Respirator Mask, each

    3M Safety

    $11.99
    3M 8233 N100 Respirator Mask Great Multi-Use Respirator 3M N100 respirator; NIOSH's highest rated filtration efficiency in a disposable respirator, providing 99.97% filter efficiency against non-oil based particles. Easy breathing via spacious and...
    LAG-54143
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    LAG-54143
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    NIOSH Rating:
    N100
    Valve:
    Yes
    $11.99
  •  1895N/V DuraMask N95 Particulate Respirator with Breather Valve, 10/Box  1895N/V DuraMask N95 Particulate Respirator with Breather Valve, 10/Box

    DuraMask N95 Particulate Respirator with Breather Valve, 10/Box

    DuraMask

    $13.99 - $139.99
    DuraMask N95 Particulate Respirator with Breather Valve, T5200-AV Easier Breathing Improves Compliance! Protects. 95% filtration efficiency for particles. Breather Valve allows workers to exhale easily for cool respiration. Comfortable. Respirators...
    T5200-AV-N95
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    T5200-AV-N95
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    NIOSH Rating:
    N95
    Valve:
    Yes
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  • 3M Safety 8200 3M 8200 N95 Dust Respirator, 20/box

    3M 8200 N95 Dust Respirator, 20/box

    3M Safety

    $13.99
    3M 8200 N95 Respirator America's Favorite! NIOSH approved N95 Respirator, 95>% efficiency against solid and liquid aerosols that do not contain oils. Compatible with a variety of protective eyewear and hearing protection. Adjustable nose clip...
    LAG-8200
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    LAG-8200
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    NIOSH Rating:
    N95
    $13.99
  •   DuraMask N95 Particulate Respirator, 20/Box   DuraMask N95 Particulate Respirator, 20/Box

    DuraMask N95 Particulate Respirator, 20/Box

    DuraMask

    $12.99 - $149.99
    DuraMask N95 Particulate Respirator Offers protection in areas with non-oil dust and fumes. Ideal for light respiratory filtering applications. Meets NIOSH 42 CFR84 Standards. Comfortable. Respirators have an aluminum nose clip that adjusts for a...
    T5200-N95
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    T5200-N95
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    NIOSH Rating:
    N95
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      Sani-Com Cleaning Towelette   Sani-Com Cleaning Towelette

    Sani-Com Cleaning Towelette

    Sani-Com

    $17.99 - $97.99
    Sani-Com® Wipes Kills 99.999% of bacteria Single-Use. Individually wrapped and sealed presaturated cleaning towelette. Multi-Purpose. Use as a hand sanitizer and on Telecommunication, Respiratory and Other Equipment. Antimicrobial. Kills 99.999...
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    3M Safety 2097 3M 2097, P100 Particulate Air Filter with Nuisance Level Organic Vapor Relief, 2/pack

    3M 2097, P100 Particulate Air Filter with Nuisance Level Organic Vapor Relief, 2/pack

    3M Safety

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    3M 2097 P100 Respirator Replacement Filter with Nuisance Level Organic Vapor Relief Lightweight and easy-breathing protection! P100 particulate filter for certain oil and non-oil based particles. Carbon layers provide relief against nuisance levels...
    LM-2097
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    LM-2097
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    NIOSH Rating:
    P100
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  • 3M Safety 6100 3M 6000 Series, Reusable Half Face Respirator, each 3M Safety 6100 3M 6000 Series, Reusable Half Face Respirator, each

    3M 6000 Series, Reusable Half Face Respirator, each

    3M Safety

    $17.99
    3M 6000 Series Reusable Half Face Respirator The swept back design of the cartridges improves balance and visibility. Can be disassembled, cleaned and reused easily. Includes resealable storage. Extending use and decreasing expenses. Very...
    LAG-6000
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    LAG-6000
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    Style:
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  • 3M Safety 6P100KIT 3M 6000 Series  Half Facepiece Reusable Respirator with 3M P100 Filters 3M Safety 6P100KIT 3M 6000 Series  Half Facepiece Reusable Respirator with 3M P100 Filters

    3M 6000 Series Half Facepiece Reusable Respirator with 3M P100 Filters

    3M Safety

    $25.99
    3M 6000 Series Reusable Half Face Respirator with 3M 2091 P100 Particulate Filters Convenience and savings in one. Reusable - just dispose of the filters when used to capacity. Kit of 1 3M 6000 Half Mask Respirator with 1 pair of 3M 2091 P100 Filters...
    6P100KIT
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  •   Moldex 2200 N95 Particulate Respirator   Moldex 2200 N95 Particulate Respirator

    Moldex 2200 N95 Particulate Respirator

    Moldex

    $29.45 - $289.99
    Moldex 2200 N95 Respirator Dura-Mesh® shell resists collapsing in heat and humidity! Dura-Mesh shell protects the filter media so it stays cleaner looking longer. The shell resists collapsing, so the respirator holds its shape longer. So, you'll...
    LAG-2200N95
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    LAG-2200N95
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    NIOSH Rating:
    N95
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  •  1890 DuraMask Single Strap Nuisance Mask, White

    DuraMask Single Strap Nuisance Mask, White

    DuraMask

    $8.99 - $169.99
    DuraMask Dust Mask Stops Nuisance Dust! Protects. Eliminates non-toxic particles such as saw dust, pollen, garden dusts, and household dusts so you can breathe safely. Secure. Nuisance Dust Masks have a contoured fit and an aluminum nose clip that...
    LB1890
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  •  4600 N95 Moldex 4600 N95 Airwave Particulate Respirator with SmartStrap, 10/box  4600 N95 Moldex 4600 N95 Airwave Particulate Respirator with SmartStrap, 10/box

    Moldex 4600 N95 Airwave Particulate Respirator with SmartStrap, 10/box

    Moldex

    $37.38
    Moldex 4600 Airwave N95 Respirator with SmartStrap Dura-Mesh® shell resists collapsing in heat and humidity! Exclusive easy-breathing wave design means less resistance and better breathability. Less cost than valved respirators. Soft cloth...
    LAG-4600N95
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    LAG-4600N95
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    NIOSH Rating:
    N95
    $37.38
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    3M Safety 5P71 3M 5P71, P95 Particulate Air Filter, 10/box

    3M 5P71, P95 Particulate Air Filter, 10/box

    3M Safety

    Now: $21.99
    Was: $23.99
    3M 5P71 P95 Respirator Filter Save Money P95 particulate prefilter for certain oil and non-oil based particles. Attaches to 3M 5000 series, 3M 6000 series and 3M Filter Retainer 501. Please note: These require a 3M 501 filter retainer...
    LM-5P71
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    LM-5P71
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    Filter Type:
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    NIOSH Rating:
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Respiratory Protection

What are the different types of respirators?

Dust Masks and Respirators are considered essential protective equipment in many industries where excessive dust and air particles can seriously damage workers' lungs and respiratory system. Irregardless of your choice of protection, always choose an NIOSH approved respirator or dust mask suitable for your environmental hazard. Respirators and face masks both play the same role of protecting the wearer from liquid and airborne particles from contaminating their face. A surgical mask is not a suitable replacement for a respirator. 

With the onset of COVID-19, there were widespread shortages of N95 masks. Medical professionals who manage respiratory issues in healthcare institutions use respirators to protect themselves from infectious illnesses. Whereas manufacturers, contractors, and cleanrooms use respiratory protection in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Protecting your health is the aim of the guidelines. Ensure your application has the proper degree of protection by choosing the right respirator. 

Respiratory protection must be suited to the environment that relates to its use. That simple dust mask used to woodworking will not provide protection against paint fumes. And, when painting with oil it is important to ensure your filter is rated P, so as to be resistant to oil. No matter the mask or rating, the fit must be secure. Typically, an N95 is easier to wear comfortably, whereas a R99 or P99 increases breathing fatigue due to the higher degree of filtration.  

Disposable respirators

Disposable respirators are designed to protect from airborne contaminants. Wearing a Disposable Respirator is an effective and cost-effective technique to protect against harmful contaminants and pathogens that can cause serious health issues.

Dust Masks

People working in dusty areas or other non-hazardous areas usually wear dust masks as directed by their supervisors or management. Some dust masks can be washed and reused, while others have disposable filters. Again, dust masks are not PPE, they are not necessities like surgical face masks or disposable respirators. Dust Masks filter dust particles and are generally mandatory in work environments where harmful flying particles are in abundance.

Reusable respirators

Reusable respirators protect workers from their environmental hazards. Get dependable respiratory protection that is convenient at lower cost than disposables in the long run. Less Waste! Ideal for jobs that require lung protection on a constant basis. Reuse the same respirator and replace the cartridge.

Respirator Ratings

Respirators are rated by the type of contaminants and how much they filter out. Each rating has a letter (N) and number (95). The numbers refer to the percentage of one-micrometer particles removed during trials.

R95 Masks are suitable for eight hours of exposure to oil-based contamination. Whereas a P95 mask can last up to forty hours due to its stronger oil resistance. Oil based contaminants are common in fields that spray with paint and pesticides. The safety material on your hazard will inform you as to whether you need a P95, R95, or N95 mask.

N95 Masks are effective against preventing the spread of covid-19, swine flu, avian flu, and common flu viruses. a 3M 8210 N95 Mask fit over the nose and mouth without the more taxing filtration of reusable respirator masks. Regardless, the edges are designed to fit snugly to prevent air leakage.

Reusable respirators surpass the filtration abilities of disposable masks, because cartridges can filter organic vapors such as tear gas. Reusable respirators can be stored for years when left unopened. Properly cared for masks can last years as well, but should be replaced immediately once a tight seal for no loner be kept. 

Filters and cartridges are used with reusable half and full face respirators. Reusable respirators provide a more secure fit for the user. 

Ensure that filters and cartridges are changed when needed. High risk environments should take caution and change filters frequently. 

Particulate filters:

  • When breathing becomes difficult and uncomfortable
  • You start to smell any pollutants
  • The filter has been damaged in any way

Gas/Vapour filters:

  • You can smell or taste contaminants; 
  • It is past the expiry date
  • They have been out of the original packaging for 6 months or more

United States NIOSH standards define the following categories of particulate filters:

 

Oil resistance Rating Description
Not oil resistant N95 Filters at least 95% of airborne particles
N99 Filters at least 99% of airborne particles
N100 Filters at least 99.97% of airborne particles
Oil Resistant R95 Filters at least 95% of airborne particles
R99 Filters at least 99% of airborne particles
R100 Filters at least 99.97% of airborne particles
Oil Proof P95 Filters at least 95% of airborne particles
P99 Filters at least 99% of airborne particles
P100 Filters at least 99.97% of airborne particles

Example Particle Sizes

ParticleParticle Size
(microns)
Anthrax 1 - 5
Asbestos 0.7 - 90
Atmospheric Dust 0.001 - 40
Bacteria 0.3 - 60
Beach Sand 100 - 10000
Bone Dust 3 - 300
Bromine 0.1 - 0.7
Carbon Dioxide 0.00065
Copier Toner 0.5 - 15
Corn Starch 0.1 - 0.8
Fiberglass Insulation 1 - 1000
Lead 0.1 - 0.7
Metallurgical Dust 0.1 - 1000
Mold Spores 10 - 30
Oil Smoke 0.03 - 1
One inch 25400
Oxygen 0.0005
Pesticides & Herbicides 0.001
Radioactive Fallout 0.1 - 10
Red Blood Cells 5 - 10
Saw Dust 30 - 600
Smoke from Natural Materials 0.01 - 0.1
Smoke from Synthetic Materials 1 - 50
Spores 3 - 40
Sugars 0.0008 - 0.005
Tobacco Smoke 0.01 - 4
Typical Atmospheric Dust 0.001 to 30

Citation:

Engineering ToolBox, (2005). Particle Sizes. [online] Available at: https://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/particle-sizes-d_934.html [10 May 2021]

Where to buy respiratory protection?

To help you overcome occupational hazards, Harmony Lab & Safety Supplies offers a range of Full Face, Half Face, Reusable Respirators, and n95 masks for sale. Our product specialists can fit the respirator to your application and ensure your safety. Check out our comprehensive range of Disposable and Reusable Respirators and Dust Masks: Anyone who is exposed to harmful dust, fumes, gases, vapors, or infectious diseases must wear safety equipment to mitigate the damage these elements can inflict. We have made things easier for you by providing high-quality safety equipment for a number of occupational applications. Whether you are a painter or refinisher, make sure you are using respirator mask to stay protected against hazardous materials. 

Place your order now at (800) 899-1255 and get superior quality masks at your doorstep.