You might think all you need to do is provide respirators to your team while they work, but OSHA’s rule specifies that employers must first implement “engineering controls” to reduce their employees’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica. Some examples of engineering controls include:
When these types of engineering controls aren’t enough to reduce workers’ exposure to crystalline silica, then respiratory protection must be provided.
Employers and operators are urged to follow the dust control measures for the activities listed in Table 1 and in the compliance section of this site. Table 1 specifies the engineering controls required as well as the assigned respiratory protection factor (APF) that must be provided.
APF 10 RESPIRATORS
There are two types of respirators that provide APF 10 respiratory protection as required by the OSHA silica standard: a half-mask/dust mask or an elastomeric half-mask.
Option 1: Half Mask / Dust Mask
APF 25 RESPIRATORS
The OSHA silica standard only requires APF 25 respiratory protection for a handful of tasks, including tuckpointing and joint cutting/cleanout.
The full-face respirators shown here provide APF 50 protection, which exceeds the minimum required by OSHA for most tasks listed on Table 1 of the standard.
Use this N95 particulate respirator in environments where organic vapors are present, this respirator provides at least 95% filtration efficiency for particles. Safe in areas where organic level concentration is below OSHA PEL.
The North 5500 is the economical choice for the occasional user, contractors or as a "visitor’s mask." The North 5500 has many of the same features as the 7700 mask, but made with an elastomeric material.
The North 7700 Series Half Face Respirator features a comfortable, contoured fit that provides superior performance and protection. This mask is compatible with all North cartridges, filters, and accessories.
This half face respirator was designed with the wearer in mind. A soft sealing surface and uniquely designed 3M™ Cool Flow™ Exhalation Valve enhances wearer comfort and face fit. It contains no latex and can be used with many filters and cartridges.
The full face 6000 Series Respirator from 3M helps provide respiratory protection from a variety of gases, vapors, and particulate hazards at concentrations up to 10 times the permissible exposure limit (PEL) when properly fitted and used with approved 3M cartridges and filters.
Simple-to-use, low-maintenance, and reusable, the 3M Full Face Respirator 6000DIN Series is a high-quality respirator. It is comfortable to wear, even for extended periods. The DIN exhalation port is designed for use with approved DIN Thread Filter Canisters and certain powered and supplied air systems.
The Moldex 2300 features a unique exhale valve that helps workers stay cool by reducing hot air buildup. There’s less breathing resistance, plus workers don’t have to break mid-shift to cool off.
This disposable N95 particulate welding respirator is designed to help provide respiratory protection for applications such as welding or soldering where metal fumes may be present. Features 3M™ Cool Flow™ Valve, foam faceseal, adjustable head straps.
Use the 3M 6000 Series reusable half mask respirator with confidence in a variety of situations. It provides lightweight, comfortable protection against particulates, gases, and vapors according to NIOSH approval standards.
The 3M Particulate Respirator 8511 is a disposable N95 particulate respirator that is NIOSH approved for at least 95% filtration efficiency against certain non-oil-based particles. It features the proprietary 3M Cool Flow™ Exhalation Valve.
The 3M Aura Particulate Respirator 9211+, N95 features a three-panel, flat-fold design that provides reliable respiratory protection in hot, humid, and/or dusty work settings that require long periods of wear.
The best value you can find in a full facepiece. North innovation, quality, and attention to detail come together in an economically priced mask with standard features many manufacturers consider optional.
The most comfortable mask available, the North 7600 Series features a double flange sealing area made from medical-grade silicone for a comfortable fit and optimum facepiece to face seal. Other features include a wide field of vision, five-strap harness, and chin support. It easily converts to PAPR and Supplied Air.
The lightweight, disposable N95 particulate respirator is designed to help provide high-quality, reliable worker respiratory protection against certain non-oil-based particles. 3M uses a variety of innovative features to help you meet your respiratory protection and comfort needs.