Basics on selecting disposable respirators

In this article, we will focus on the applications and industry recommendation for each type of 3M disposable respirators. There are 4 main disposable respirators to choose from: Basic, Classic, Comfort and welding & specialty respirators.

disposable respirators

Each one provide protection and comfort for certain particles and gases. We have a chart with the applications and recommendations based on the respiratory hazard.

 

 

Industry Application Hazard

Recommended Respirator

Alternative Respirator

Comfort

Classic

Basic

General Sanding, Drilling Grinding, Cutting Rust, Metal particles,Filler, Concrete, Stone,

Wood, Dust

9312

9310

8312

8310

8812

8710

K101

8000

9102

Construction Plastering, Tunnelling,Sawing, Earthmoving,

Carpentry

Dusts

9312

9310

8312

8310

8812

8710

K101

8000

9102

Painting, Spraying,Varnishing, Coating, Mixing Water based paints – roller / brush applied

9913V

8577 (GP2)

8247

9913

MetalFabrication Oxy-Acetylene cuttingMetal pouring, Soldering Metal fume

8512

9322

8577

8822

8210

9042AUS 8205

Welding – MIG, TIG and other Welding fumes and Ozone

8514

8577

9042AUS
Agricultural /  Forestry Sawing, Cropping, Feeding livestock Wood dust, Grain dust, Cotton dust

9312

9310

8312

8310

8812

8710

K101

8000

9102

Handling infected animals,Cleaning animal sheds,

Composting

Bioaerosols, Bacteria,Fungus

9322

8322

9320

8320

8822

8210

K102

8205

Spraying pesticide,Herbicide, Fungicide: *low

vapour pressure organic

compounds

Mist, Dust

9913V

8577 (GP2)

9913

9042AUS
Mining / Quarrying Drilling, Blasting, Plant operators Dust

9312

9310

8312

8310

8812

8710

K101

9102

Healthcare Infection Control Infectious aerosols

9320

8320

8210

8205

Other Exposure to: **Nuisance levels ofAcid Gases – Chlorine,

Sulfur dioxide,

Hydrogen fluoride

9916

9926

9915

8246

*From 3M Respirator Selection Chart catalog