will the n95 work in place of the actual respirator that a lot of workers who paint, expose themselves to dust, etc wear? i do not have money to buy one and just want to work with what I have. Thoughts?
GG I guess I can't go to the supermarket or public transport anymore starting on Monday. This government must be joking.
I did some research for my own use and thought I would share it here. This is by no means comprehensive, and may contain errors.
> Class I devices (such as masks, respirators, eye protection, gowns and swabs) > > Class I medical devices can be imported or sold according to one of 4 possible mechanisms: > > * the manufacturer or importer holds a Medical Device Establishment Licence (MDEL) (https://health-products.canada.ca/mdel-leim/) > * the device is included in the list of authorized medical devices other than testing devices (https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/covid19-industry/medical-devices/authorized/other.html) > * the device is included in the list of medical devices for expanded use in relation to COVID-19 > * the device is included in the list of medical devices for exceptional importation and sale
Details of new Health Canada "PFE" designations referenced below: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/covid19-industry/medical-devices/personal-protective-equipment/medical-masks-respirators/safety-performance-specifications/items-interim-order-submission.html#t3
|Company / Website||Province||Qualification||Head/Ear Loops||Direct-To-Consumer?*|
|https://eternitymsm.com/||BC||95PFE-L2 (IO authorized, CSA Certified)||Head||Yes|
|https://layfieldmedical.com/||BC||95PFE-L3 (IO authorized)||Ear||No|
|https://www.breathemedicalmanufacturing.com/95pfe-particulate-respirator/||BC||95PFE (IO authorized)||Head||No|
|https://medicom.com/en_ca/product/safemask-architect-pro/||QC||95PFE-L2 (IO authorized), 3 sizes||Head||No|
|http://www.dent-xcanada.com/||ON||MDEL Licence||Ear||No, but can be found at various B2C resellers|
|https://www.vitacore.ca/||BC||IO Authorization (CAN95 model only)||Head (ear loops available, but no authorization)||Yes|
|https://artofix.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/20210203_artofix_fiche-technique_V3.pdf||QC||95PFE-L1 (IO authorized)||Ear||No|
|https://dormafiltration.com/||QC||99PFE-L3 (IO authorized), reusable||Head||Yes|
**based on ease of ordering from the website... keep reading on reddit ➡
I’m just worried that constant daily exposure to the fumes might have a long term effect on my lungs. I live in a small open-concept apartment, so I’m often in the same room as my resin projects all day.
I weld mostly stainless TIG at work (along with some Stick and MIG sometimes on old rusty/painted material). My company is not very good about PPE and I'm a bit unclear on what I need. I was given some paperwork from them telling me P100s were all I needed and changing them every 6 months was recommended to me.
I'm currently using the Miller Halfmask with P100s but feel like it's not enough - every single smells gets through and seems to actually linger worse. I had the 3M cartridge filters (don't remember which #) and never smelt even the stinkiest stuff. I previously didn't like my 3M respirator because it didn't fit well under my shield (Miller). My Lincoln Viking has a lot more room and I don't find the Miller half mask respirator very comfortable (I'm also often pulling it down to speak as opposed to the quick latch 3M). Considering switching back to the 3M.
So what filters are optimal for this type of work and does anyone had any input on comfortability and convenience?
I’ve been wearing a respirator (usually kn95 and lately more Kf94) since pretty early on in the pandemic. But im curious about how peoples views on various masks have changed since the pandemic began. Especially now that we’re facing more contagious and deadly variants of COVID-19. Have you always been on the respirator train? Have you changed what kind of mask you wear as the pandemic has continued?
I work with 5th grade, my district is going to hybrid model for my grade in April. I live in Southern California, we have not gotten out of purple tier this whole pandemic. The numbers are down, but still are above pre-thanksgiving levels.
On top of all of this my significant other takes an immuno suppressant medication. I also don't want to bring COVID home to my toddler.
How many of you have done all you can to protect yourself and still had COVID from the classroom? I just want to protect my family and keep my job.
It seems like more and more people have been posting pictures of their respirators. we all should’ve been doing this the whole time, but it seems like it is more en vogue lately.
I wonder if this is a side effect of mask wearing becoming main stream from the pandemic?
please do not make this a political post. if you are a welder you should be wearing a surgical mask at the very least. We deal with some nasty shit. Hell, I probably still used thoriated tungsten until 2010 or so.
My son has a very large face/head and I've been unable to find him a high quality (N95/KN95/KF94) disposable mask that fits him well, so he's been wearing a cloth mask with stretchy head strap that I bought early in the pandemic. He strongly prefers a head strap but it has to be big enough or stretchy enough for his head. The Powecom KN95 is too small for his face (I only have the ear loop kind but I assume the head strap kind is the same size). The Moldex 2200N95 in size M/L is too small for his face and the straps are way too small/tight. The BOTN KF94 is a little small but he really hates the ear loops. Any suggestions for me? I also prefer no valve as he doesn't want to double mask. Thanks!
I spend quite a bit of time in my basement with my printers while they are running. I wear a full P100 respirator and my basement pulls air from outside so I don't have fumes circulating my house. The resin I use is the Elegoo water washable and according to its MSDS the fumes aren't toxic (if I'm reading it right).
Really what I'm trying to find out is if it's worth it to build a fume extraction system or if wearing a P100 is enough to be safe while near the printers. I haven't noticed any issues for the last month I've been printing but I know that could change.
So put short... how toxic are resin fumes really?
During the pandemic, I've been trimming my beard perhaps once a month or so. I've been cutting it as short as my hair clipper can cut.
This source suggests that, if I refuse to shave more often: I would probably be better protected wearing a reusable elastomeric respirator, instead of a disposable N95 mask.
A.) Is this true?
And, if so:
B.) Will a 3M 6500QL likely protect me better than a 3M 6000?
C.) Will a 3M 7000 likely protect me better than a 3M 6500QL?
D.) After the pandemic, I might buy organic-vapor cartridges, for use when occasionally working with small amounts of glue and/or epoxy. Will I probably still get a good seal, even a decade or two from now? Or will my respirator probably deteriorate?
I'm willing to spend extra money if this will give me better protection. But I don't want to spend extra money for no extra protection. Also, I'm not willing to buy or build a PAPR.
I might wear the respirator to physical-therapy appointments at a local hospital. I also might wear it to local prayer meetings. Early in the pandemic, when masking compliance was worse, prayer meetings were risky events. (Source.) I'm not sure about now.
I guess I might buy 3M 2071 P95 pancake-style filters, since they're cheap.
I can't wear a full-face respirator: I have eyeglasses, but not contact lenses.
I do acknowledge that reusable elastomeric respirators can muffle your speech quite severely. I guess I can just try to speak much louder.
Thank you for reading this!
Hey All, Hope yall all doing well. Advice would be greatly appreciated, Thanks I got myself a welding job, and looking for some type of protection as I use a lot of aerosols and just the natural smells of welding has got me concerned. I am looking to buy a new helmet too , and you could buy a PAPR for the helmet im looking at, and the PAPR is like 1500 dollars buts it designed for that helmet only. The thing is I don't know where to look for something that will fit under the welding helmet or whatever hoods I get in the future. I don't want to a PAPR designed for one specific welding helmet and let's say in the future I get a different welding helmet, and I can't use it no more. Looking for something very universal.
My boyfriend is as supportive as he can be, but it's hard for most people to understand what I've been dealing with the past 3 months bc previously I seemed perfectly healthy. I always took the stairs at work, last year I was into hiking, I had no issues til a stomach bug in October. I woke up one morning with vertigo and threw up all day. That whole week I experienced fatigue/shortness of breath/very high heart rate with light physical exertion and that has all persisted to this day. I had a negative rapid COVID test at that time.
We had to fill out a health questionnaire at work to be fitted for N100 respirators. Employee health called Wednesday and said I need a Dr okay to be fitted bc of my symptoms I've been experiencing. She also suggested I ask to be put on light duty til I get this all figured out, bc my job is very physically demanding, and my symptoms make it almost impossible.
I go into work Thursday and my supervisor tells me to go get fitted. I told her I haven't been cleared yet by a doctor. She basically was like idc and marched me down to the fitting room and told them to get me a mask. Just a week before I'd asked her to go down to employee health to have my blood pressure taken bc my heart rate was 167 (I showed her on my fitbit) and I told her I'd been having some heart issues and my Dr wants me writing down vitals when I have symptoms. I was pissed off when she told me it didn't matter if I was cleared (I think she thought I was hoping to get out of going into covid rooms bc a lot of employees are upset about this) but figured what the hell I'll just get the mask.
I sat there waiting my turn and watched the person before me have to jog in place, cover the air vents to the mask while bending up and down and all this crap and I thought hell.no. My heart rate was 155 when I walked to the room. I was thinking I will definitely pass out. So I left the room and didn't get fitted, and I'm sure I'll hear about it next week, but I wanted to talk to my doctor first.
I was able to get in to see someone today (my PCP is out on maternity leave for a month) and was thankful she ordered a heart monitor and echo, but when I asked about her thoughts on the respirator and light duty she told me to just try to get fitted and see how I feel. She said keep trying at work. I told her I'm concerned I might pass out during the respirator test, my heart rate was already high, and I was lightheaded when I entered the fitting room. She asked if I'd ever had... keep reading on reddit ➡