Atlas safety provides respiratory protection options to meet many needs as well as OSHA respiratory protection guidelines. We offer the expertise to guide you through the selection process to ensure proper fit test for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements to ensure your safety.
Respiratory protection prevents the individual wearer against the inhalation of any hazardous substances that may be present in the workplace environment. There are many levels of personal protection that are required depending on the situation and environment.
Choosing a respirator can be complicated. In order to make the proper respirator selection, you must know the following:
- identify the respiratory hazard
- evaluate the hazard
- considered whether any engineering controls are more feasible
There are three types of PPE respirator options that Atlas Safety provides: Air-Purifying Respirators (APRs) and Supplied-Air Respirators (SARs), and Disposable Respirators. Contact us to get help sourcing the best solution for your respiratory protection needs.
Air-purifying Respirators (APRs)
Air-purifying respirators remove contaminants in the air by filtering out particulates (e.g., dust, metal fumes, mists, etc.). Some APRs purify the air by adsorbing gases or vapors using an adsorbing material in a cartridge or canister. These are tight-fitting respirators and are available in several forms:
Mouth bit respirator (fits in the mouth and comes with a nose clip to hold nostrils closed – for escape purposes only)
Half-face mask (covering the face from the nose to below the chin)
Full facepiece (covering the face from above the eyes to below the chin). Respirators with a full facepiece also protect the eyes from exposure to irritating chemicals.
Supplied-air Respirators (SARs)
Supplied-air respirators supply clean air from a compressed air tank or through an airline. This air is not from the work area.
Supplied-air respirators may have either tight-fitting or loose-fitting respiratory inlets. Respirators with tight-fitting respiratory inlets have half or full facepieces.
Respirators with loose-fitting inlets are hoods or helmets that cover the head and neck. They can also be loose-fitting facepieces with rubber or fabric side shields. These are supplied with air through airlines.
Atlas Safety carries many disposable respirator options to protect against airborne particles, mists, and dust. All of these can affect your workers’ health. Disposable masks and dust masks come with a variety of features and innovative technologies suited to different work-related tasks. All of them are designed to provide comfort, convenience, and value.
A respirator gives workers all the protection it was designed to provide when it is selected and worn correctly during all periods of exposure. For each situation, you need to consider user comfort and wear time needs.