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A respirator is a device designed to protect the wearer from inhaling harmful dusts, fumes, vapors, or gases. Deelat Industrial has a wide selection of various styles and sizes that offer optimal comfort and a secure fit.

Respirators and Dust Masks: How to Buy the Right One

Dust masks and respirators are a necessity on construction job sites and for home improvement projects. Whether you may be exposed to chemicals, harmful toxins, paint fumes, solvents, or even allergens, dust masks and respirators ensure your safety and protect your lungs.

Yet, there are different types of masks for every job, and it can be difficult to know which mask suits your needs. For instance, a basic disposable dust mask may be suitable for around-the-house chores during allergy season, like mowing or gardening. But to prevent exposure to toxic fumes, you need a more heavy-duty particulate filter, like a cartridge respirator.

3 Common Types of Respirators

  • Dust Masks: This might be the most recognizable air-purifying filtration device. They are traditional worm by landscapers, or their close cousin the surgical mask, by hospital workers. They provide protection against non-toxic nuisances, like pollen or airborne illnesses, but they don’t provide protection against gases, vapors, or dangerous dusts.

    Deelat Dust Mask
    Dust Mask
  • Disposable Respirator: These look similar to dust masks, but more tightly fit the face and use better filters to protect against fumes, dusts and mists. Respirators are often rated by the NOISH, according to types of particles they filter and the degree at which they protect. For instance, most basic disposable respirators are rated N95 – which means the mask is “Not Oil Proof” and it removes 95 percent of the particles from the air.

    Deelat Disposable Respirator
    Disposable Respirator
  • Cartridge Respirator: The cartridge respirator is a non-disposable mask that is fitted with interchangeable filter cartridges to protect against different types of chemicals, vapors, dusts and gases. There are different types of cartridges that can be inserted into the masks, and some require two cartridges, one for chemicals and one for particles. Often, cartridge respirators provide a greater degree of protection compared to N95 disposable masks. In fact, many are rated P100, which means they are “Oil Proof” and that they filter 100 percent of the particles in the air.

    FDA Approved Silicone Cartridge Respirator
    Cartridge Respirator

What Respirator Is Right for You?

The respirator you choose depends on the type of work that you are doing. Dust masks only offer basic protection, for instance, while disposable respirators that are rated N95 can be used to protect against non-toxic dusts, metal particles and airborne illnesses. Some disposable respirators are rated with the letter R, which means they are oil-resistant. Masks with an R95 rating and above are often used for painting.

The chemical cartridge and dual cartridge masks provide the greatest degree of protection. These types of masks are often rated P100, and can be used to protect against gases and vapors. Additionally, a mask can be fitted with specialized chemical cartridges that protect against different types of chemicals; for instance a special filter can be used if there’s a risk for ammonia exposure.

Finally, you will also need to consider the adjustability of the mask, as well as the style of the mask. There are half-mask respirators, which cover part of the face, and full-face respirators. Half-mask respirators suffice in most cases, although a full-face respirator is needed if the toxins may irate the face and skin.

Quick Respirator Safety Tips

When you purchase a respirator, be sure to follow the directions of use. This will prevent misuse, as well as ensure that the respirator is properly fitted.

  • When to replace: If you notice a change in smell or taste, the filter in your respirator needs to be replaced. If it’s a disposable mask, this indicates the need to change the mask and throw the old one away.
  • Keep the filter dry: The effectiveness of a filter is diminished if it becomes damp. To prevent this, you should keep respirators sealed until they’re in use, and keep them in dry environments.
  • Dispose after each use: The majority of disposable and some cartridge respirators are designed to be used only once. A different respirator should be used during each job, and broken respirators should be disposed of.

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