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I sweat profusely and need to use a respirator when working around pollins. The respirator that I have now clogs up from sweat and I can't breath at all. Can you put me on to a respirator that works well for pollens and doesn't clog up with sweat? Thank you
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Typically and N95 respirator is sufficient for pollen and dust. The 95 refers to the efficiency of the filter, so the 95 is 95 percent efficient for .3 micron particles. The 99 and 100 levels are therefore more efficient. If the mask is warm and uncomfortable, you may wish to try a mask with an exhalation valve. They allow your exhaled breath to escape the confines of the mask easier and are typically cooler and more comfortable to wear. If moisture saturation of the mask is a problem, you may need a half mask respirator with changeable cartridges. These masks typically have 95 and 100 level filters available. The face seal may create more heat where it is in contact with the user, but the material is unaffected by moisture. These masks also have exhalation valves to help keep them cool.
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A good full-face respirator with an appropriate cartridge and a P-100 designation will provide you with adequate respiratory protection.

If you have trouble with excessive sweating and the face piece fogging up, then you might consider upgrading to a positive pressure respirator instead. An SCBA, a PAPR or airline supplied system, with the air blasting into your face should minimize fogging and actually cool your face a little as well. The cost is greater, but these systems can work miracles.
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I can't really endorse a specific brand but in my experience dealing with sweat in the mask is much like dealing with long hair in your face, you flick your head and give a good blow. Do this with your head tipped so that the sweat in the mask gets blown out the waste vent(s).

If you're using simple pressed-felt-on-face masks, simply stop using them. They're primarily to stop direct large particulate aspiration and aren't very effective against pollens. They aren't very effective at letting air through either and for the most part tend to allow a large amount of bypass.

Several brands of silicone masks carry simple HEPA-only cartridges, it would be worth your time to investigate them.
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Grainger has contacted the product supplier and has been advised by them of the following:

The correct respirator can only be chosen by knowning what the respiratory hazard you would be exposed to. Please feel free to contact your local branch or Customer Service at 800-GRAINGER to be connected with a Technical Product Support representative to discuss the hazards and exposure levels.

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heavy dusty areas mostly, this mask is to be used with air cleaner generator. Imported from poland and UK. not cheap
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I rehabilitate the inside of old houses, consequently I am in an environment that is often dusty but worse yet are the fumes I am exposed to indoors during the application of oil based paints and that of varnishes. There are warnings on the cans of these products to use good ventilation but that in not always possible and the masks available in home improvement stores don't seem to be inadequate.
Could you recommend a respiratory system that would allow me to work safely indoors with oil based paint and varnish fumes? Thanks
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To answer this question appropriately and accurately Grainger would need to know additional information in regards to the concentrations of the chemicals that are in the environment and any mechanical means that would be used to clear the air or reduce concentration levels. This question can be best answered by reaching out to our TPS Safety group by phone where we are able to gather all the appropriate information before we can make any suggestions to proper respirator protection as well as any additional PPE that might be necessary. Our Safety Technical Professionals can be reached through our Grainger Customer Service at 1-800-323-0620. We are staffed daily 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM CST.
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Before recommending any type of PPE there are many factors to consider. As with handling any type of hazard, you would want to utilize adequate ventilation first. Secondly, you may want to consider the amount of time being exposed to the hazard (paint fumes).

First, you want to make sure that there is going to be enough oxygen in the area in which you are working in. Air Purifying respirators only purify the air being breathed, if there is too much toxins in the air, this may create an atmosphere in which the respirator will not be enough.

Second, without taking air samples, it is difficult to answer, in certainty, how much protection that you will need. For example, you need to find out the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of the paint or varnish that you are using (this can be found on the SDS or formally MSDS). As far as determining the type of respirator and cartridge to use will be totally dependent on the exposure to the fumes.

A half-mask respirator, with organic vapor cartridges, will provide protection up to 1,000 ppm or 10X the PEL (whichever is lower). However a Full face respirator with organic vapor cartridges, will provide 1,000 ppm or 50X the PEL (again, whichever is lower). It is important to never exceed the assigned protection factor. Otherwise, supplied air system such as an SCBA would be the other option.

This is why I would strongly consider adequate ventilation as a primary control point. If you are using adequate ventilation, I would go with a full face respirator with organic vapor cartridges that have a hepa or N95 filter either integrated onto he cartridge or as an add on to the cartridge. That way, you will have the protection from both fumes and particulate, and also the added eye protection that the full face respirator will provide.
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I am looking for a North FF respirator, 1/2 face, and N95 for a co-worker needing to be respirator trained.
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Field of Industry:: Department of Agriculture
Product used for:: N95 and Full-Face Respirators
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I have found that the North full face respirator fits well on people with smaller and also with larger faces. In my experience, the MSA brand does better on people with average size faces.
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We carry a variety of respirators that come in size small you can select from.

To view the selections we have available on Grainger.com in the search box enter PG 2530. This will display pages from our catalog. From there you will be able to flip through the pages of our catalog. You can see the sizes and options available in full face, half face and disposable respirators.
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The face piece size, on the North, Model 5400 full-face respirator, is located just above the plexi glass face piece on the forehead gasket. In the grey-colored rubber part.
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Grainger has contacted the product supplier and have been advised by them of the following: The model number of the respirator will be located on the top of the face piece, near where it rests on the forehead. If there is a model number followed by the letter “S”, you have a size small. If there is only a model number, then you have the medium/ large size.
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As with most questions about dealing with particulates, you want a HEPA filter with one or two layers of pre-filter material.

In the specific case of cleaning up rodent droppings, if you do it a lot you'll probably want a full face mask respirator to keep any debris and dust out of your eyes as well.
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Rodent droppings and nests are typically attributed to the Hantavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a half mask air purifying respirator equipped with P100 cartridges should be used.

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best dust for protection from chemical dust

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What kind of environment and what kind of chemical dust?
There are many standards for safety and depending on what chemical you're worried about you may be looking at buying a head-covering full face mask respirator with body suit.

Generally there will be guidelines available in the instructional or MSDS material associated with the chemical(s) you are working with.
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I have COPD. and spend lots of time in a dusty environment, and around camp fires?
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You want a mask with HEPA filtration and a pre-filter cover. Much of what is bothering you will be caught by one - or two stacked - pre filter layers and the rest taken out by the HEPA. Read around to see which masks have the largest surface area available and watch for the weight of the gear. After a few hours some masks can really get you down and if you're moving around cross country a mask that bounces off is near to useless.
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Human waste can be a combination. Our bodies are organic in nature, however the body can also have by-products within the body that are acid in nature as well as some by-products that can be ammonia based. When cleaning up decomposing human waste we would normally look to utilizing a respirator cartridge that combines both Organic Vapor and Acid Gas. This would also be known as an OV/AG cartridge. If there is ammonia from urine, we can consider a multigas cartridge. This would be known as MC for multi contaminant. A multi contaminant cartridge will have organic vapor as well as acid gas and ammonia protection. If you are using a chemical cleaner to clean up the area then we would need to know what chemicals are in the cleaner, as well as how it is being used (i.e. sprayed, poured etc.) so we can determine if there is a need for a filter to be added to the chemical cartridge.

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Use a NIOSH-/MSHA-approved respirator. Exposure level should determine the type. See 29 CFR 1926.62 for the complete regulation. For a summary of the regulation please see Grainger Quick tip #165; Construction Lead: Identification, Remediation and Personal Protection, 29 CFR 1926, located in the Resource tab.
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