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Selecting the Correct Respirator with Sperian Protection

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Sperian Protection is a specialist provider of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the global market.  

Specialising in workplace safety and protection, Sperian offers a comprehensive range of respiratory solutions designed for worker comfort and ease of use.  

Several options are available in respiratory equipment including disposable respirators, re-usable respirators, SCBA (self contained breathing apparatus), PAPR (powered air purifying respirators) and SAR (supplied air respirators).  

Respiratory safety products are used in environments exposed to dusts, mists, fumes, gases, vapours or combinations of these contaminants. Companies need to make sure that they select the right respiratory products to fit their specific needs.  

Choosing the correct respirator according to Sperian Protection is as easy as 1-2-3-4.  

1. Ensure there is sufficient oxygen present  

An atmosphere is considered to be oxygen-deficient if oxygen levels fall below 19.5%. Oxygen deficiency can happen in confined space work or fire-fighting.  

An SCBA such as Fenzy Xpro or Fenzy Aeris is the most ideal respiratory equipment when working in an oxygen-deficient atmosphere.  

2. Determine the physical and chemical properties of the contaminant  

Physical and chemical properties of the contaminant can be ascertained from the most current Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the substance or any other appropriate reference material.  

3. Determine the concentration of the contaminant in the workplace environment  

Lower capacity respirators are designed to work in concentrations up to a certain level. A different respirator of higher capacity may be needed for environments with higher concentration of contaminant.  

4. Assess the working conditions and exposure standards of the contaminant  

References such as ‘Worksafe Australia Exposure Standards for Atmospheric Contaminants in the Occupational Environment’ or ‘OSH Workplace Exposure Standards and Biological Exposure Indices for New Zealand’ may be consulted to know the workplace exposure standard for the contaminant present in the environment.  

Based on the findings, one can easily determine the type of respiratory protection required for the workplace.  

Sperian Protection additionally offers the Sperian Respiratory Contaminant Guide, which helps companies to select appropriate respiratory protection for a wide range of contaminants.  

A comprehensive list of contaminants is provided along with safe working levels and type of respirator recommended for protection.  

The guide also includes in-depth educational information on various types of Sperian respirators including choosing respirators, their operation, filter classifications as well as fitting instructions.

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