The 13 rules for respirators
1. All masks more or less restrict your vision and can therefore increase the risk of hazards.
2. To extend the life of your gas/vapor filter, store it in an airtight container.
3. Particle filters do not provide protection from gases and vapors. Gas/vapor filters do not protect against particles.
4. If you work with mixed products, check the statutory safety data sheet. This describes what protective equipment is required.
5. Danish legislation limits the use of filtering respirators to a maximum of three hours over a full working day. This is to avoid condensation in the mask and thus water in the lungs.
6. If you use respiratory protection for more than three hours, use of a turbo respirator, for example, is mandatory.
7. If the oxygen content in the room is below 17% or there are no filters to protect against the chemical you are working with. You need to use a supplied fresh air respirator, also called external air supply.
8. The rule of thumb is that when the breathing resistance of a particle filtering respirator is noticeably increased, the filter must be replaced.
9. For gas/vapor filters, the rule of thumb is that when you can smell or taste what you are working with, the filter no longer protects and needs to be replaced.
10. Be aware that there are substances that have poor warning properties in terms of odor or taste.
11. Please note that no filters protect against all types of gas/vapor. If a suitable filter is not available, use a supplied fresh air respirator.
12. People with poor or no sense of smell should not use masks with filters, but supplied fresh air respirators instead.
13. Always have extra filters in stock.