Respirators for Beards & Facial Hair

With the increasing popularity of beards and facial hair or for those who have beards for religion, it is important to find a respirator that keeps you protected.

Any facial hair (even stubble) can create a gap between the respiratory mask and the skin, so it won't seal to your face and won't work properly. Even a tiny leak around the edge of the mask will let hazardous air bypass the filter, leaving you exposed.

Companies are moving away from the use of disposable masks, reusable half masks, and full-face masks. Facial hair can impede causing the inhalation of hazardous substances at work resulting in serious lung conditions caused by inhaling dust and other contaminants.

For operatives with beards and facial hair, it is not possible to effectively use a gas mask, half-mask or any negative pressure respirator because these tight-fitting facepieces will not achieve a seal around the face. In order to overcome this, a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) can be used (with a connecting hose) and a suitable head-top such as a helmet with face shield, hood or visor. The PAPR does not require a face-fit test.

The 3M Scott Safety Duraflow respirator offers a high flow rate of 160 litres per minute and uses the competitively priced, and readily available Pro 2000 filter cartridges. The Duraflow is compatible with a range of hoods and visors available as a ReadyPak for a cost saving.

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