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Steps in Respiratory Protection

1. Identify & Assess the Hazard. Identifying and assessing hazards in the workplace is the first step in
establishing respiratory protection.

2. Understand the Effects on the Body. Workers may be exposed to a variety of airborne substances which may be capable of causing harm e.g. gases, vapour, dust, mists, fume and smoke.

3. Product Selection. a. Select Respirator  b. Select Cartridge/Filter or Combination

4. Fit Testing, Care & Maintenance. The biggest contributor to reduced respiratory protection is poor fit. Fit testing is considered industry best practice, as well as a requirement to comply with AS/NZS 1715:2009. Regular care and maintenance of reusable respirators will help to achieve optimum performance and protection for the wearer.


(info: 3M)


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With the ability to reuse the facepiece, the 3M range of half face respirators offer value and versatility for a wide range of environments and hazards, while giving you confident protection. 3M gas and vapour cartridges and particulate filters are lightweight, well balanced and provide excellent field of vision when fitted to a respirator.