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FOR YOUR HALF-MASK AIR-PURIFYING RESPIRATOR
Your half-mask air-purifying respirator
provides protection against breathing of airborne contaminants. Your employer is
responsible for the respiratory program which includes providing you with the
proper type of respirator for the given exposure. You and your employer share
responsibility for making certain that your respirator is functioning as
intended for your protection. The following is a list of general rules to help
you care for and maintain your respirator:
1) The disposable filter cartridges usually
contain a chemical absorbent to trap contaminants. The filter cartridge should
be replaced immediately if it becomes more difficult to inhale. It should also
be changed if you begin to smell or taste the contaminant.
2) You should thoroughly inspect your
respirator on a daily basis or before each usage. Examine the elastic headband(s)
to assure it has not lost elasticity. Also check the headband for tears, frays,
and loose strands. Take the cartridges off and examine the cartridge housing to
make certain it is not cracked. Check the cartridge threads to ensure they are
not stripped or damaged in any way. Check the facepiece for tears, cuts, or
holes. Inspect the exhaust valves and intake valve to make certain they are not
sticking or damaged.
3) Clean your respirator after each use. The
cleaning process usually consists of washing, disinfecting, rinsing, and drying.
You should refer to the manufacturer's suggestions for specifics. Most
facepieces can be washed with warm water. Disinfecting with a disinfectant
cleaner or germicidal detergent is a commonly acceptable practice. Rinsing
should be done with water. Air drying is usually preferred as towel drying or
heated quick drying may cause damage.
4) It is important to store your respirator
properly. Your respirator should be protected from heat, sunlight, dust, and
vapor contaminants. Storage in a sealed plastic bag is the preferred practice.
Be careful not to cram the respirator in a tight space or store it in an awkward
position as both of these practices may warp the respirator permanently and
alter the fit.
5) Do a "fit-check" often to make
certain that you have a good seal. This can be done by covering the exhalation
valve with your hand and gently exhaling into the facepiece. If air leaks out
during gentle exhaling, the seal and facepiece should be checked by your
respirator program administrator.
If you take good care of your respirator, it will take good care of you!
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