With a full range of respiratory protection to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which solution is right for your workplace. PAPRs can be a reliable, cost-effective and sustainable alternative to disposable and other reusable respirators with many benefits.
ALL-IN-ONE INTEGRATED SOLUTION
Depending on the configuration, PAPR systems often include integrated eye, face and even head protection. Some headgear options also offer a wider field of vision to help workers more easily view their surroundings.
INCREASED COMFORT & BREATHABILITY
PAPRs are designed to make breathing easier. As a positive pressure respirator, it delivers filtered air for long periods using a blower instead of lung power. Workers who wear a PAPR can breathe more comfortably and with less resistance because the airflow comes directly into the headgear.
When combined with the appropriate filters or cartridges, a PAPR can be utilized for both particulate, gas and vapor protection.
A PAPR consists of reusable components and replaceable filters and/or cartridges based on change-out schedules.
POTENTIALLY HIGHER APF
A PAPR can provide up to 1,000 APF depending on the headgear or facepiece used, compared to select other respiratory solutions. The European APF for loose-fitting PAPRs (class TH3) is in the range 40 to 200.
NO FIT TESTING REQUIRED WITH LOOSE FITTING HEADPIECE
A fit test isn’t required when wearing loose-fitting head, hood or helmet PAPR configurations, allowing workers the option to keep limited facial hair while wearing respiratory protection.
What are the different PAPR configurations to consider?
PAPRs come in a variety of different configurations based on the preferences of the wearer and the protection level needed. A mask-mounted PAPR is mounted on a full facepiece, while a belt-mounted PAPR is attached to a belt and worn around the waist. Both PAPRs come with a rechargeable battery, belt, blower and filter or cartridge. A headgear/facepiece and breathing tube are also needed for belt-mounted PAPR.
WHEN TO CHOOSE MASK-MOUNTED PAPR
Mask-mounted PAPRs are primarily used for abatement and remediation of asbestos and mold as well as lead reclamation. They are used in markets that require particulate protection only. In the US the mask mounted full facepiece PAPR provides an APF of 1,000. In the UK powered assisted filter device incorporating full face mask, half mask or quarter mask ( EN14892) varies by class ( TM1, TM2, TM3) and has an APF of 10-20-40 respectively.
WHEN TO CHOOSE BELT-MOUNTED PAPR
Belt-mounted PAPRs are primarily used in heavy manufacturing industries including food and beverage and chemical manufacturing. They are also commonly used in hospital labs during chemotherapy drug mixing and exposure to infectious disease and pharmaceutical development.
WHEN TO CHOOSE HALF MASK
A half mask covers the nose and mouth, allowing workers to wear the PAPR with any face shield they may already be using. The wearer must be clean-shaven in all areas that come in contact with the seal. The half mask is very low profile and can be used in work environments that require a lower APF level.
WHEN TO CHOOSE FULL FACEPIECE
Full facepieces offer protection against impact injuries, liquid splash exposures and other eye irritants. The wearer must be clean-shave in all areas that come in contact with the seal. It provides a higher APF level and requires a fit test. The results of the test should indicate that the facepiece of the respirator fits properly.
WHEN TO CHOOSE HOODS, HEADPIECES AND SHROUDS
Loose-fitting hoods and headpieces don’t require fit testing and the user can have most styles of facial hair. Hoods and helmets with a shroud generally provide a higher APF level and often provide more comfort and ease of use. Additionally, workers can more easily wear their prescription eyeglasses while wearing hoods and helmets.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PAPR FILTER
Filters help protect workers in dangerous environments against particulates and/or gas/vapour contaminants. The type of necessary filter depends on your work environment WEL and applications. A filter cover, which is easy to wipe clean, can also be used on top of filters for added protection.
The filter service life depends on the particulate concentration. As filters fill up, it’s harder for air to pass through, putting a strain on the battery and blower and eventually restricting the flow of air to the facepiece.
NOT ALL RESPIRATORY SOLUTIONS ARE CREATED EQUAL
It’s important to equip your workers with the right solutions that provide a proper and comfortable fit when working around toxic containments. With so many options on the market, let Honeywell be your guide to helping provide all workers with the safety they need.