Respiratory Protection

Respiratory Protection

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  • Get 3M Premium 3M 7500 Series P100 Reusable Half Face Respirator Kit (7500P100KIT) at Harmony

    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
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  • DuraMask KN95 / FFP2 Particulate Respirator, Individually Wrapped, 50/Box

    DuraMask KN95 / FFP2 Particulate Respirator, Individually Wrapped, 50/Box

    DuraMask

    $24.99
     DuraMask KN95 & FFP2 Particulate Respirator Particle Filtration Efficiency (P.F.E) ≧ 94.00%. FFP2 (Filtering Facepiece P2) Respirator offers protection in areas with non-oil dust and fumes.  Soft and...
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    Get 3M 5N11, N95 Particulate Air Filter, 10/box R3-5N11 at Harmony

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

    3M Safety

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      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
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  • Get 3M 6003 Cartridge, Organic Vapor/Acid Gas, 2/pk BOCS6003 at Harmony

    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...
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  • 3M 8210V N95 Respirator, pictured with box of 10

    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...
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  • Get Moldex 2300 N95 Respirator with Exhale Valve, 10/box LAG-2300N95 at Harmony

    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
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  • Get 3M 501 Filter Retainer, 20/cs R3-46464 at Harmony

    3M 501 Filter Retainer

    3M Safety

    $5.99 - $44.99
    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...
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    Honeywell North 75SCP100 Defender Multi-Purpose Cartridge & P100 Filter

    Honeywell North Combination Gas/Vapor/P100 Cartridge, 1/pair

    Honeywell

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    Honeywell North 75SCP100 Defender Multi-Purpose Cartridge & P100 Filter Cartridge Easy-change Cartridges. Organic vapor, Ammonia, Methylamine, Formaldehyde, and Acid Gas (Chlorine, Hydrogen Chloride, Sulfur Dioxide, Hydrogen Sulfide [Escape],...
    R75SC-P100L
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    Series Honeywell North 5400 Series, Honeywell North 5500 Series, Honeywell North 7600 Series, Honeywell North 7700 Series, Honeywell North RU6500 Series, Honeywell North RU8500 Series
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    Get 3M 8577 P95 Particulate Respirator 8577, 10/box LAG-54371 at Harmony

    3M 8577 P95 Particulate Respirator, 10/box

    3M Safety

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    3M 8577 P95 Disposable Respirator Protection against oil and non-oil based aerosols. Reliable worker protection against certain oil and non-oil based aerosol particles including those present with nuisance levels of organic vapors such as solvents,...
    LAG-54371
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    LAG-54371
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  • Honeywell N95 Flatfold Particulate Respirator, accommodates user's facial movements

    Honeywell N95 Flatfold Particulate Respirator, 20/box

    Honeywell

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    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
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    Get Honeywell North Organic Vapor Respirator Cartridge, 2 pairs/box R3-N75001 at Harmony

    Honeywell North Organic Vapor Respirator Cartridge, 1 pair

    Honeywell

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      Honeywell North N75001L Organic Vapor Respirator Cartridge Easy-change cartridges. Use with Honeywell North 5400, 5500, 7600 or 7700 Series masks as well as BP1000 Series backpack adapters. Aids in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134 compliance...
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    R3-N75001
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    Allegro Respirator Cleaning Pads, 5" & 8", 70% IPA, 100/box

    Allegro Respirator & PPE Cleaning Pads, 70% IPA, 100/box

    Allegro

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    Allegro Respirator & PPE Cleaning Pads, 70% IPA, 100/box Clean Respirators safely and quickly! Pre-moistened 70% IPA wipes are designed specifically for cleaning rubber/silicone respirator facepieces. Large 5" x 8" non-woven wipes quickly...
    R1001
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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.