Respiratory Protection

Respiratory Protection

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  • 3M 6000 Series Full Face Respirator | Harmony Lab and Safety Supplies

    3M 6000 Series Full Face Respirator, each

    3M Safety

    $169.99
    3M 6000 Series Full-Face Reusable Respirator Comfortable, lightweight non-allergenic TPE construction with silicone face-seal for enhanced comfort, durability, and ease of cleaning. Well-balanced design has four strap head suspension for easy on/off...
    LAG-6F
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    LAG-6F
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    Headgear
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  • Get Honeywell North 5500 Series Half Mask Respirator at Harmony

    Honeywell North 5500 Half Mask Respirator, each

    Honeywell

    $15.99
    Honeywell North 5500 Series Half Mask Respirator Silicone seal for a comfortable, secure fit! Half Mask designed to provide many of the same features found in premium masks at a more economic price. Strategic placement of the exhalation valve means...
    LAG-550030
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    LAG-550030
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  • Get Honeywell North 7700 Half Mask Respirator with P100 Filters  at Harmony

    Honeywell North Premium P100 Half Mask Respirator Kit, each

    Honeywell

    $36.99
    Honeywell North 7700 Series Premium Half Mask Respirator with P100 Particulate Filters Silicone seal for a comfortable, secure fit! Kit of 1 Honeywell North 770030M Premium Half Mask Respirator with 1 pair of 7580P100 Particulate Filters...
    7P100KIT
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    7P100KIT
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    Gerson 1730 N95 Mask, box of 20

    Gerson 1730 N95 Respirator Mask, 20/box

    Gerson

    $18.99 - $214.99
    Gerson 1730 N95 Respirator, Made In USA, GERN95-P FDA Approved as a Surgical N95 Mask! 95% efficiency against solid and liquid aerosols that do not contain oils. FDA & NIOSH approved.  This mask has been cleared by the FDA for use in...
    GERN95-P
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    GERN95-P
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    N95
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    North by Honeywell 75FFP100NL Pancake Style P100 Particulate Respirator Filter (bagged package view) at Harmony Lab & Safety Supplies

    Honeywell North Low Profile P100 All-Particulate Filter with Odor Relief, 1/pair

    Honeywell

    Now: $11.99
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    North by Honeywell P100 Respirator Filter with Odor Relief  Low-profile "pancake" style respiratory protection. Carbon layer reduced nuisance odors!  P100 particulate filter for certain oil and non-oil based particles. Carbon layers provide...
    L75FF-P100NL
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    L75FF-P100NL
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    P100
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    Particulate
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  • Get SAS Safety Dust Mask Single Strap Nuisance Mask, White, 50/box (2895) at Harmony

    SAS Safety 2985 Nuisance Dust Masks, White

    SAS Safety Corp.

    $6.99 - $69.99
    SAS Safety Nuisance Dust Mask Stops Nuisance Dust! Protects. Reduce 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 metal nose clip...
    SAS2985
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  • Honeywell North 7700 Series Premium Half Face Respirator

    Honeywell North 7700 Premium Half Mask Respirator, each

    Honeywell

    $31.99
    Honeywell North 7700 Series Premium Half Face Respirator Silicone seal for a comfortable, secure fit! Premium Half Face Respirator designed to provide exceptional fit, comfort and performance for regular day-to-day users. Strategic placement of the...
    LAG-770030
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    LAG-770030
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  • 3M 7500 Series Premium Reusable Half Face Respirator, ea (LAG-7500) - Front Angle - Harmony Lab & Safety Supplies

    3M 7500 Series Premium Reusable Half Face Respirator, ea

    3M Safety

    $38.99
    3M 7500 Series Premium Reusable Half Face Respirator Long term comfort and durability. Reusable - just dispose of the filters when used to capacity. Smooth, soft, resilient silicone face seal for ultimate comfort and extended product life. Unique...
    LAG-7500
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    LAG-7500
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    Get Honeywell North 7581P100 Organic Vapor & P100 All-Particulate Filter Cartridge, 1 pair at Harmony

    Honeywell North Organic Vapor & P100 Filter Cartridge, 1 pair

    Honeywell

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    Honeywell North 7581P100 Organic Vapor & P100 Filter Cartridge Easy-change cartridges. Organic vapor cartridge with P100 filter for all (oil-based and non-oil-based) particulates. Combination filter and cartridge are easy to install,...
    R7581-P100L
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    R7581-P100L
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    Allegro Respirator Cleaning Pads, 5" & 8", Alcohol-Free, 100/box

    Allegro Respirator & PPE Cleaning Pads, Alcohol Free, 100/box

    Allegro

    Now: $9.99
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    Allegro Respirator & PPE Cleaning Pads, Alcohol-Free, 100/box Clean Respirators safely and quickly! Alcohol-free wipes designed to clean even the most sensitive rubber respirator face-pieces without harm. Perfect for when the manufacturer...
    R3001
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    R3001
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  • 3M 8271 P95 Disposable Respirator, box of 10

    3M 8271 P95 Respirator Mask, 10/box

    3M Safety

    $42.99
    3M 8271 P95 Disposable Respirator Comfortable worker respiratory protection P95 particulate filters at least 95% of airborne particles where grinding, sanding and other dust inducing operations occur. Advanced electret filter technology blocks...
    LAG-54285
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    LAG-54285
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    NIOSH Rating:
    P95
    Valve:
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    3M Versaflo Heavy Industry PAPR Kit TR-300N+ HIK | Harmony Lab & Safety Supplies

    3M Versaflo TR-300N+ HIK Complete Heavy Industry PAPR Kit, ea

    3M Safety

    Now: $1,599.99
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    3M Versaflo Powered Air Purifying Respirator, TR-300N+ HIK Heavy Industry Kit  Rugged and compact ready-to-use powered air system! Versatile and complete powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) system includes everything necessary to get started...
    3M-TR300N+HIK
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    3M-TR300N+HIK
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    TR-332
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    PAPR System
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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.