Respiratory protection has long been one of the most fundamental components of PPE across a wide range of professions and settings. Today, respiratory safety gear is more widely used and in higher demand than ever. It is important to choose the right type of respiratory protection to meet the demands of your environment. Respirators and face masks may provide full or partial face coverage and are uniquely designed to provide varying levels of protection from different forms of air contaminants. Some may provide filtration for gasses and vapors, while others are indicated for protection from particles such as dust, mist, or harmful fumes.
Note: Many styles of face masks and respirators, including surgical masks and N95 respirators, are not considered fluid-resistant and are often worn with a face shield for an added layer of protection.