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Posted on How to confirm your respirator is OK for wood working?

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#1 posted 12-16-2011 02:31 AM

As jmos said you should reference the filter you are using to insure the dust/particulate rating.

Additionally cr1 noted a fit test. Today the industry uses computers hoked up to different style, manufacturer, and size respirators. When working an 8 to 16 hr shift for days or years a proper fit helps to maximize protection.

Pulmonary function tests are given along with blood pressure, pulse, med history, to insure that you can work with the added strain the respirator could put on your body.

Also note that the respirator cartridge needs to be changed periodically, the dirtier they get the harder to breathe.

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