Powered Air Purifying Respirators
Powered Air Purifying Respirators
Powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs) are battery-powered devices that use a blower to provide clean, breathable air to the wearer. Associated products include blowers, breathing tubes, belts, batteries, chargers, filters, air flow indicators, hoods/helmets, or facepieces. The blower unit passes ambient air through a filter before delivering it to the wearer’s headgear or facepiece of choice. Blower units are typically offered as face-mounted, helmet-mounted, or belt-mounted configurations and enable workers to move freely and unrestricted.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), PAPRs are recommended for concentrations of hazardous particulates or gases that are greater than the relevant occupational exposure limit but are less than the immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) level and the manufacturer's maximum-use concentration (subject to the respirator having a sufficient assigned protection factor). PAPRs provide an assigned protection factor (APF) between 25 and 1,000 depending on the type, and can be used in a variety of working environments, including healthcare, laboratory, welding, heavy industry, grinding, sanding, manufacturing, painting, and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) environments. PAPR systems may consist of the following components:
- Tight-fitting, half or full facepiece, loose-fitting facepiece, hood, or helmet. Loose-fitting PAPRs do not require fit testing and can be worn easily by workers with facial hair. Fit testing is required for tight-fitting facepieces.
- Powered blower unit. NIOSH-approved PAPRs are required to deliver 6 to 15 cubic feet per minute (cfm) of air for loose-fitting hoods and helmets and 4 to 15 cfm of air for tight-fitting masks and facepieces.
- Filter(s) and/or cartridges. Type may vary to protect against particulates, toxic gases or vapors, or a combination of both.
- Battery(ies). May be rechargeable or non-rechargeable.
PAPR systems are complete, ready-to-use kits equipped with a blower, breathing tube, belt, battery, charger, filter cover, air flow indicator, and hood/helmet or facepiece, depending on the environment.
PAPR assemblies are partial systems that include components required to build a full system or to replace worn parts on an existing PAPR system. They are designed to be compatible with hoods or helmets and tight-fitting facepieces. System parts are compatible with components of the same brand and series.
Regulatory compliance details for PAPR devices are available at the individual product level.
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3M™ Versaflo™ Comfort Pad for S-950 Premium Head Suspension
For use with S-950 Premium Head Suspension
|Product Type||Head Suspension|
|For Use With (Application)||Cleaning, Electrical, Facility Maintenance, Welding|
3M™ Versaflo™ Air-Flow Adjustment Cover for Premium Head Suspension
Cover is used to adjust the location of the airflow in the hood by attaching to the end of the breathing tube. For use with S-950 Premium Head Suspension.
3M™ Versaflo™ TR-600 Series PAPR Belts and Extenders
For use with Versaflo™ TR-600 Series PAPR
|For Use With (Equipment)||Versaflo™ TR-600 Series PAPR|
3M™ Versaflo™ Comfort Faceseal for M-100 and M-300 Series PAPR
Comfortable, low-linting faceseal for Versaflo™M-100 Series and M-300 Series products.
3M™ Versaflo™ Standard Faceseal for M-100 and M-300 Series PAPR
For use with M-100 and M-300 Series PAPR systems.
3M™ Versaflo™ M-Series PAPR Accessory, Ratchet Size Reducing Pad
Adhesive foam pad is for use with any Versaflo™ M-Series product.
3M™ Versaflo™ TR-300 / Speedglas™ TR-300 SG PAPR Accessory, Airflow Indicator
The TR-971 air flow indicator may be used to confirm air flow levels of the TR-600 series PAPR. The TR-971 is designed to enable testing at various elevations and temperatures within the operational range of the PAPR system.
3M™ Versaflo™ TR-600/800 PAPR Accessory, Cleaning and Storage Kit TR-653 / 37373 (AAD)
Protects from internal contamination during cleaning and storage.
3M™ Versaflo™ TR-600 Series PAPR Accessory, Air Flow Indicator TR-971
Enables confirmation of airflow levels of TR-600 series PAPR.
3M™ Versaflo™ Peel-Off Visor Cover for S-Series Hood Assembly
Peel-off visor cover is for use with S-Series hoods and headcovers to protect from contaminants and scratches.
3M™ Versaflo™ Backpack Adaptor
3M™ Versaflo™ Backpack Adaptor helps fit the turbo unit to the backpack harness, which allows it to be worn over the shoulders.
3M™ Versaflo™ M-400 Series PAPR Inner Collar
Inner collar zips into all Versaflo™ M-Series shrouds and provides a comfortable respiratory seal for M-400 Series helmets.
3M™ Versaflo™ M-Series PAPR Flame Resistant Headgear
Headgear cover protects against the buildup of particles on the outside surface of the headgear shell.
3M™ Versaflo™ Peel-Off Visor Cover
3M™ Versaflo™ Peel-Off Visor Cover is a self-adhesive cover that protects the visor from contaminants and scratches.
3M™ Versaflo™ TR-600 Series PAPR Accessory, Filter Latch Assembly
For use with Versaflo™ TR-600 Series PAPR.