Respiratory Protection

Respiratory Protection

  • 3M Safety 21674 3M 6001 Cartridge, Organic Vapor, 2/pack

    3M 6001 Cartridge, Organic Vapor, 2/pack

    3M Safety

    $15.99
    3M 6001 Organic Vapor Cartridge NIOSH Approved! When properly fitted, helps provide respiratory protection from certain organic vapors at concentrations up to 10 times the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) with half facepieces or 50 times PEL with...
    BOCS6001-2
    SKU:
    BOCS6001-2
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    Filter Type:
    Gas & Vapor
    $15.99
  •  7580P100 Honeywell North P100 All-Particulate Filter Cartridge, 1/pair  7580P100 Honeywell North P100 All-Particulate Filter Cartridge, 1/pair

    Honeywell North P100 All-Particulate Filter Cartridge, 1/pair

    Honeywell

    $9.79
    Honeywell North P100 All-Particulate Filter Cartridge Easy-change cartridges. P100 filter for oil-based particulates. Combination filter and cartridge are easy to install, change, and perform seal-checks on. Low Profile won't catch on pipes or other...
    L7580-P100
    SKU:
    L7580-P100
    Availability:
    Ships within 1-2 Business Days
    NIOSH Rating:
    P100
    Filter Type:
    Particulate
    $9.79
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    Honeywell 64235 Jackson Safety N95 Pouch Style Respirator, 50/bag Honeywell 64235 Jackson Safety N95 Pouch Style Respirator, 50/bag

    Jackson Safety N95 Pouch Style Respirator, 50/bag

    Honeywell

    Now: $39.99
    Was: $54.99
    Jackson Safety N95 Disposable Respirator, 50/box NIOSH Certified easy-to-breathe pouch designed and made in the USA NIOSH Certified TC# 84A-9042 - Minimum of 95% filtration efficiency of 0.3-micron particles against solid and liquid aerosols...
    JS-64235N95
    SKU:
    JS-64235N95
    Availability:
    Ships within 1-2 Business Days
    NIOSH Rating:
    N95
    Country of Origin:
    USA
    Item Quantity:
    50
    TC Certification No.:
    84A-9042
    Latex:
    No
    Now: $39.99
    Was: $54.99
  • 3M Safety 8293 3M 8293 P100 Respirator Mask, each 3M Safety 8293 3M 8293 P100 Respirator Mask, each

    3M 8293 P100 Respirator Mask, each

    3M Safety

    $13.99
    3M 8293 P100 Respirator NIOSH's highest rated filtration efficiency, 99.9% against oil and non-oil particles. Suitable for work environments where exposure to lead, oil-based aerosols and molten metal fumes may be prevalent. Features the patented...
    LAG54336
    SKU:
    LAG54336
    Availability:
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    NIOSH Rating:
    P100
    Valve:
    Yes
    $13.99
  • 3M Safety 60926 3M 60926 Multi Gas/Vapor Cartridge & P100 Particulate Filter, 2/pack

    3M 60926 Multi Gas/Vapor Cartridge & P100 Particulate Filter, 2/pack

    3M Safety

    $31.99
    3M 60926 Respirator Cartridge/P100 Filter for Multiple Gases/Vapors & Particulates The Protection of five cartridges in one! Easy-install combination filter/cartridge is good for many different applications, reducing training requirements and...
    LM-60926
    SKU:
    LM-60926
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    Filter Type:
    Combo
    $31.99
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     N75003L Honeywell North Organic Vapor & Acid Gas Respirator Cartridge, 1/pair

    Honeywell North Organic Vapor & Acid Gas Respirator Cartridge, 1/pair

    Honeywell

    Now: $11.99
    Was: $13.99
    Honeywell North N75003L Organic Vapor Acid Gas Cartridge Easy-change cartridges. Organic Vapor and Acid Gas (Chlorine, Hydrogen Chloride, Sulfur Dioxide, Hydrogen Fluoride, Chlorine Dioxide) cartridge. Easy-change cartridges are easy to...
    R3-N75003L
    SKU:
    R3-N75003L
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    Filter Type:
    Gas & Vapor
    Now: $11.99
    Was: $13.99
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    3M Safety 2291 3M 2291, P100 Advanced Particulate Air Filter, 1 pair 3M Safety 2291 3M 2291, P100 Advanced Particulate Air Filter, 1 pair

    3M 2291, P100 Advanced Particulate Air Filter, 1 pair

    3M Safety

    Now: $8.99
    Was: $10.99
    3M 2291 P100 Advanced Respirator Filter The new standard in performance and breathability! Premium P100 particulate filter for certain oil and non-oil based particles, including lead, asbestos, cadmium, arsenic, and MDA. Engineered for easier...
    LM-2291
    SKU:
    LM-2291
    Availability:
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    Filter Type:
    Particulate
    NIOSH Rating:
    P100
    Now: $8.99
    Was: $10.99
  • 3M Safety 60921 3M 60921 Cartridge & P100 Filter, Organic Vapors/Particulates, 2/pack

    3M 60921 Cartridge & P100 Filter, Organic Vapors/Particulates, 2/pack

    3M Safety

    $26.99
    3M 60921 Respirator Cartridge/P100 Filter for Organic Vapors & Particulates Stay Safe Easy, one-step assembly with filter/cartridge combination is good for many different applications, and reduces training requirements and inventory needs. The...
    LM-60921
    SKU:
    LM-60921
    Availability:
    Ships within 1-2 Business Days
    Filter Type:
    Combo
    NIOSH Rating:
    P100
    $26.99
  • 3M Safety 7500P100KIT 3M 7500 Series Half Face Respirator with P100 Filters 3M Safety 7500P100KIT 3M 7500 Series Half Face Respirator with P100 Filters

    3M 7500 Series Half Face Respirator with P100 Filters

    3M Safety

    $44.99
    3M 7500 Series Premium Reusable Half Face Respirator with 3M P100 Particulate Filters Long term comfort and durability. Reusable - just dispose of the filters when used to capacity. Kit of 1 3M 7500 Half Face Respirator with 1 pair of 3M 2091 P100...
    7500P100KIT
    SKU:
    7500P100KIT
    Availability:
    Ships within 1-2 Business Days
    Style:
    Half-Face
    $44.99
  • 3M Safety 46464 3M 5N11, N95 Particulate Air Filter, 10/box 3M Safety 46464 3M 5N11, N95 Particulate Air Filter, 10/box

    3M 5N11, N95 Particulate Air Filter, 10/box

    3M Safety

    $18.29
      3M 5N11 N95 Respirator Filter Save Money N95 particulate prefilter for non-oil based particles. Attaches to 3M 5000 series, 3M 6000 series and 3M Filter Retainer 501. Please note that these cannot function unless used in conjunction...
    R3-5N11
    SKU:
    R3-5N11
    Availability:
    Ships within 1-2 Business Days
    NIOSH Rating:
    N95
    Filter Type:
    Particulate
    $18.29
  • 3M Safety 07047 3M 6003 Cartridge, Organic Vapor/Acid Gas, 2/pack

    3M 6003 Cartridge, Organic Vapor/Acid Gas, 2/pack

    3M Safety

    $16.99
    3M 6003 Organic Vapor/Acid Gas Cartridge Stay Safe The 3M 6003 cartridges are NIOSH approved against certain organic vapors or acid gases: chlorine, hydrogen chloride, sulfur dioxide, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen sulfide or hydrogen fluoride. Use with...
    BOCS6003
    SKU:
    BOCS6003
    Availability:
    Ships within 1-2 Business Days
    Filter Type:
    Gas & Vapor
    $16.99
  • 3M Safety  3M 8210V N95 Respirator with Valve, 10/box 3M Safety  3M 8210V N95 Respirator with Valve, 10/box

    3M 8210V N95 Respirator with Valve, 10/box

    3M Safety

    $19.99 - $137.99
    3M 8210V N95 Respirator with Cool Flow Valve, 3M-8210V Proprietary Cool Flow Valve reduces heat build-up within respirator to help provide comfortable, reliable protection. 95% efficiency against solid and liquid aerosols that do not contain...
    3M-8210V
    SKU:
    3M-8210V
    Availability:
    Ships within 1-2 Business Days
    NIOSH Rating:
    N95
    Valve:
    Yes
    $19.99 - $137.99
  •  2300N95 Moldex 2300 N95 Respirator with Exhale Valve, 10/box

    Moldex 2300 N95 Respirator with Exhale Valve, 10/box

    Moldex

    $36.06
    Moldex Respirator 2300 N95 with exhale valve Stay cooler with exhale n95 valve You'll breathe easier and stay cooler with an exhale valve that reduces hot air build up. Dura-Mesh® shell protects your filter so it stays cleaner-looking longer...
    LAG-2300N95
    SKU:
    LAG-2300N95
    Availability:
    Ships within 1-2 Business Days
    NIOSH Rating:
    N95
    Valve:
    Yes
    $36.06
  • 3M Safety 501 3M 501 Filter Retainer 3M Safety 501 3M 501 Filter Retainer

    3M 501 Filter Retainer

    3M Safety

    $5.99 - $48.99
    3M 501 Filter Retainer Keep your filter in place! Use to attach 5N11 (N95) and 5P71 (P95) Filters to 3M 6000 series gas & vapor cartridges or the 3M 603 Filter Adapter. Holds 3M 5000 Series, 3M 6000 Series particulate filters. Provides a more...
    R3-46464
    SKU:
    R3-46464
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    $5.99 - $48.99
  •   Honeywell N95 Flatfold Particulate Respirator, 20/box   Honeywell N95 Flatfold Particulate Respirator, 20/box

    Honeywell N95 Flatfold Particulate Respirator, 20/box

    Honeywell

    $24.99
    Honeywell DF300 N95 Flatfold Disposable Particulate Respirators, 20/box Comfortable fit for most faces - Designed to accommodate facial movements and promote easier breathing. Soft foam nose cushion and multilayered absorption media with a smooth...
    DF300N95BX
    SKU:
    DF300N95BX
    Availability:
    Ships within 1-2 Business Days
    NIOSH Rating:
    N95
    Quantity:
    20
    Color:
    White
    $24.99

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.