Respirators are common required personal protective equipment for employees in an array of fields. Depending on the hazards you and your workers are exposed to at your facility, there is an appropriate respirator for the job, and you should verify which type you need to purchase to keep your workers safe.
One of the most common types of these breathing apparatuses is the disposable respirator. These single-use devices have a low per-unit cost and make protecting your employees as simple as can be. However, these respirators are only fitting in certain situations, which should be taken into account when purchasing.
Namely, disposable respirators only protect workers from particulate hazards, not dangerous gases, chemicals or low-oxygen environments. They operate simply by filtering the air your staff breathes, preventing things like dust from entering their lungs.
The most common certification for disposable respirators is known as "N95." N95 respirators, like their name, filter 95 percent of particulate materials from the wearer's air intake, especially dust and "mists." N95 filters are also commonly used in medical environments to prevent the spread of disease or contagious illness through coughing and sneezing.
However, disposable respirators are intended for relatively low-hazard environments. If your workers are exposed to airborne chemicals or work in an environment depleted of oxygen, you may need to equip them with other forms of respirators that provide an external air source, or completely contain or filter the air the employee is breathing. To determine which type is needed in your business, consult the OSHA guidelines or speak with an expert.
As soon as your disposable respirator becomes discolored, it should be replaced. This means that employers required to provide these items should have a ready supply on hand. Safety Company offers a wide selection of these items at affordable prices from a number of reputable safety manufacturers, so browse our website today to find the perfect equipment for your employees.