What does a full face respirator protect you from?
Respirators protect the wearer from inhaling hazardous vapors, gases and vapors. Full face respirators protect both the face and eyes and filter out contaminants using cartridges or filters that should be changed regularly to ensure effective protection for the wearer. Particulate respirators are the simplest, most cost-effective, and least protective types of respirators. These respirators only protect against particles.
They do not protect against chemicals, gases or vapors and are only intended for low hazard levels. The commonly known “N-95 filter respirator” is a type of particulate type respirator often used in hospital to protect against infectious agents. Particulate respirators are “air-purifying respirators” because they remove particles from the air when you breathe. Even if you can’t see the particles, there may be too many in the air for this respirator to provide adequate protection.
Offers the protection of both a surgical mask and an N95 respirator. For a reusable full face respirator, also known as a full face mask, to function properly, a good seal is required between the face piece and the wearer’s face to prevent contaminated air from being inhaled. Both full and half face respirators protect your airways in the same way. Adult respirators are not designed to protect children as children’s faces may be too small for adult respirators to fit properly and therefore may not provide adequate protection.
Properly selected and worn gas masks and escape ventilators must be combined with protective clothing to completely prevent injuries from these chemicals. Some components, including hoods and face masks, many gas masks and escape masks can melt when exposed to a fire. The guidance provides information on what respirators are, how they work, and what is needed to protect a respirator. Tests and certifies respirators for the general public. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tests and certifies respirators for use by workers to protect against workplace hazards.
When buying masks, avoid dubious or unknown websites or sellers as the quality of their surgical masks and respirators is not guaranteed. Gas masks and respirators reduce exposure to the hazard, but when exposure is such that it goes beyond what the filter can handle (either because the amount of toxic gas or particles is higher than the amount of toxic gas or particles that the filter is designed to handle, or because exposure is longer lasts than filter B. designed to be handled), the filter may not be effective in providing the required protection. All of these respirators (with the exception of the dust masks or the filtering parts of the face) are available either as a half mask or as a full face mask. NIOSH certified respirators come with approval labels that identify the hazards for which the respirator is approved.
The only way to tell if a tight-fitting respirator will fit you properly and can protect you is to test the respirator. Some respirators come in different styles and sizes and fit different people differently because people’s faces are different shapes. Reusable respirators feature a rubber gasket that covers the entire face to protect the respiratory tract and protect the eyes from irritation and hazards from airborne gases, vapors and particles. Respirators have been used in the workplace for many years, where employers have programs to ensure that the right masks are selected and that the respirator fits.
At the end of this fact sheet, you will find a list of questions to ask before buying a gas mask or escape ventilator.