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Powered Air Respirators - RPE For Beards
If you have facial hair and require RPE, you will already undoubtedly know that the two things are not generally compatible. This is because facial hair, even very short stubble, can cause air leaks that render tight-fitting RPE useless.
Our range of powered air respirators is a great solution for those with facial hair and those working long hours or carrying out strenuous labour. A powered respirator setup offers protection by creating a pocket of filtered positive air around the wearer's face, ensuring no contaminates inhaled. As there is no resistance when inhaling, the requirement for a break or rest periods is no longer necessary, meaning you can work for longer without interruption.
With replaceable filter cartridges and a wide range of spares available, these loose-fitting respirators offer a long service life and high levels of protection for the user. Like many RPE systems, battery powered fresh air respirators are not a one-size-fits-all solution, so they still need careful consideration before deployment.
How Does A Powered Air Purifying Respirator Work?
Powered respirators operate very differently from standard “user-powered” RPE, where the user inhaling becomes the power source drawing air through the filter air through the filter. Powered RPE instead uses an external power source, usually a small motor and fan that draws air through a filter; making it easier for the operator to breathe and less fatiguing.
Once the air has been pulled through the filter, it is fed into a semi-closed area around the face,. The air within this hood sits at above ambient air pressure preventing any contaminated air from entering the hood and keeping the wearer safe.
Key Features & Benefits of PAPR
We have detailed some of the key features and benefits you should consider when buying a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) setup.
No Rest Breaks
Unlike other types of RPE, the only limitation to how long you work is the unit's battery life.
Compatible With Facial Hair
If you have a beard or a particularly fancy moustache, then powered air respirators can still be effective at preventing dust inhalation.
When making your purchase consider the battery life of the unit you are buying. Will it last long enough for your requirements?
Work Intensity Level
Each PAPR system has a maximum flow rate; ensure this is high enough to keep up with the rate at which you normally breathe whilst working.
Many systems come incorporated into a helmet, bump cap or even welding visor.
Some systems feature removable batteries; these are essential if your working day is longer than the lifespan of a battery. Removable batteries allow you to renew your unit if the batteries wear out.
Higher-end PAPR systems feature variable flow rates, which monitor the air being used and adjust to the demand. This saves battery life, allowing you to work for longer periods of time.
Choosing the correct filter for your requirements is essential to safely operating a powered air system. Ensure you change them at regular intervals to ensure they offer adequate filtration.
Look for a system where spare batteries are available; this ensures you can keep some on charge as a backup in case you forget to charge your system between uses.
These respirators do not put pressure on the face, so they will not cause irritation to the skin whilst still delivering a high protection factor and keeping contaminated air out.
The loose-fitting nature of these powered air systems means that high wind levels can impact their performance. This should be considered before putting a unit into use.
The volume of clean filtered air being pushed through the mask ensures that fogging is not an issue. Any moisture exhaled by the user is quickly blown out of the mask.
Many of these masks feature a face shield that is rated for impact. This makes them certain units suitable for use whilst using power tools and cutting equipment.
Alternatives To PAPR Systems
These disposable masks are designed to be worn for a single shift and then disposed of.
Covering only the nose and mouth, these half-face masks are ideal for use with goggles and ear defenders.
These masks cover the whole face, including the eyes, nose and mouth. This makes the masks ideal for areas with contaminates in the air that could irritate the eyes.
Cannot Find The Powered Respirator You Need?
If you are struggling to find the respirator you need, or if you just have some questions, please do not hesitate to contact our sales team at +44 (0)1905 794875. Available during working hours, our friendly staff will help you find the best solution for your needs.