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PAPR Respirators Explained

PAPR, or Powered Air Purifying Respirator, is a battery operated respiratory unit. Rather than being negatively powered like traditional face masks, PAPR units are positively powered. This means that clean, filtered air is driven into the filter and mask through a battery powered blower. This design gives them an advantage when it comes to airborne hazards that require P3 category filters such as crystalline silica, asbestos and welding fumes, and can provide a more comfortable wearing experience over longer a period of time. How Do PAPR Respirators Work? PAPR respirators use a rechargeable battery pack to power an air blower. This blower pulls contaminated air into the particulate or gas

What is Respirator Fit Testing?

A respirator is a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) device designed to protect workers from inhaling harmful atmospheres, including respirable crystalline silica, asbestos, welding fumes and dust particles. A good fitting respirator will seal to the skin. Protection is only provided when air passes through the respirator’s filter, so without a seal, the air will go around the respirator, leaving the worker vulnerable to harmful airborne particles. With this in mind, it is important to test the level of protection offered by a respirator on each user to ensure optimal protection, and there is a number of ways to do this. User Seal Check It is important that before each use of the respirato

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