Important to know about respiratory protection

It's your lungs and It's your airways. To fulfill their vital functions both today and in the future, it is required that you protect them from harmful pollution. Some particles or gases are not only unpleasant to breathe, but so dangerous that they could cause life-long and sometimes fatal illness.

To safely choose the right type of respiratory protection, it is important to find out which substances are present in the environment, and in what concentration they occur. For optimal protection, it is also important that the respirator is adapted to prevent leakage. It is 100% wear time that applies, and it must fit your face and be comfortable to wear.

Appropriate respiratory protection must be used in all situations where there is a risk of harmful particles or gases. The respiratory protection must be adapted to the user and the work task. Some air pollutants can affect the eyes and are also, especially at high concentrations, absorbed through the skin. Where such risks exist, respiratory protection must be supplemented with eye protection and protective clothing. In case of the slightest uncertainty, contact us at Skydda.

These questions must be answered before choosing equipment:

1. Is the oxygen content below 19%?

Where the oxygen content is below 19% or in an environment where the oxygen content has not been measured and a lack of oxygen is conceivable, compressed air-supplied breathing protection must be used.

2. Is there a lack of oxygen?

The filter equipment must not be used in the event of a lack of oxygen.

3. What substances are there in the work environment?

  • Are they dangerous?
  • What hygienic limit values do these substances have?
  • Do substances occur in gas and/or particulate form?
  • How high is the concentration of the substances in the environment?

4. Is there a risk of explosion? Kontrollera att nedan stämmer för international?

If work occurs in environments where there is a risk of explosion, explosion-proof equipment (EX) must be used, according to the ATEX directive 94/9/EC. Applies when choosing motorized breathing protection.

Respirators are divided into two main groups

Filter masks

  • The air goes through a filter that cleans the air.
  • May only be used at normal oxygen levels in the air; Against gas/vapors, particles, gas and particles in combination.

Fan-assisted respiratory protection

  • Air/oxygen from an uncontaminated source
  • The protection is independent of ambient air; Portable open or closed system and compressed air apparatus with hose.

Different protection classification on the respirators

Respirators are classified according to type and protection level. This can be used when c