PAPR: Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) are battery-powered devices that use a blower to pull air through attached filters (for particles) or cartridges (for gases or vapors) to clean it before delivering it to the breathing zone of the wearer1
Reusable Tight-fitting respirator: A respiratory inlet covering that forms a complete seal with the face2. They are reusable devices with exchangeable cartridges or filters. They can be quarter, half, or full face covering 1
Filtering facepiece: Filtering, disposable, facepiece respirators (FFRs) remove particles from the inhaled airstream of the wearer. They become unsuitable after single use due to hygiene, excessive resistance, or physical damage1. They are classified as “tight fitting” as they form a complete seal against the face.
Fit test: The use of a protocol to evaluate the fit of a respirator qualitatively or quantitatively on an individual2.
6 Things to Consider When Buying a respiratory protection solution:
1. Comfort Comfort is subjective. However, with RPE, there are a few things which most people consider to be ‘comfortable’. People generally want their mask to: