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Are You Using the Correct Respirator? The Answer May ASTOUND You.
There are two other classifications for respirators: R and P. “R” stands for Resistant to Oils but not oil proof. The “P” stands for strongly resistant to oils or oil Proof. These filters are differentiated by longevity of the mask.
Along with the 95 minimum efficiency level there are 99, and 100. The numbers work the same as the N95, the 99 would mean that respirator filters 99% of particulate 0.3 microns or bigger and the 100 filters 99.97% of particulate.
Possibly the most important part of wearing respirators in general is being sure you’re physically able and properly fit to wear a respirator. OSHA mandates that if a respirator is to be worn by an employee that said employee must be properly fitted for that specific respirator. In order to be fit for a respirator, the user needs to have a physical performed by a doctor or by taking an online exam to ensure you do not have underlying health issues that could be affected by wearing a respirator. Once the physical is passed the user is put through a series of movements while wearing a hood and the respirator. The test administer throughout these movements will be spraying the user with either saccharine, an artificial sweetener, Bitrex, a bitterant, or smoke to allow the user to know if they are not experiencing a proper seal of the respirator. If the user passes every movement without tasting the testing media, then they are then fit to wear the respirator.