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Overview: Respiratory Protection Safety Equipment
Respiratory Protection Glossary & Terms
Relevant Respiratory Protection Safety Regulations and Standards
All Safety Product Respiratory Protection Links and Associations


Respiratory protection requires the user to select the correct filter type and required efficiencies for air purifying respirators to remove specific contaminants from the outside air.

A full range of half mask or full face piece personal respirators, disposable and reusable respirators, Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR), or natural breathing, continuous flow or pressure demand for supplied air systems, tight fitting or loose fitting masks, face pieces, hoods or helmets and SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) and EEBA (Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus) has to be reviewed depending on the quality of the outside air and its contaminants.

Each respiratory protection product has different air breathing filters comes are classified by type (Non Oil, Oil Resistant, and Oil Proof) and come in varying filter efficiencies. Respirator cartridges for contaminated air are coded according to the contaminant present: organic vapors, acid gases, ammonia, chloride dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride, hydrogen sulfide.

All Safety Products detailed information that can assist you in selecting the correct Personal Respiratory Equipment to ensure OSHA and ANSI compliance.


  • APR: Air purifying Respirator
  • CAB: Clean Air Box compressed air systems for Grade D air
  • EEBA: Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus
  • IDLH: Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health
  • PAPR: Powered Air Purifying Respirators that use a blower that draws air through cartridges or filters
  • PDAR: Pressure Demand Airline Respirator
  • SAR: Supplied Air respirator
  • SCBA: Self Contained Breathing Apparatus


  • ASTM 02859-96
  • ANSI/ISEA 110-2003 section 7.11.1
  • ANSI Z87.1-1989
  • NIOSH 42 CFR 84
  • NFPA 550F
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134
  • OSHA 1910.1026
  • OSHA 1926.1126 Construction
  • OSHA 1915.1026 Shipyards


Respiratory Protection Press Releases

ANSI American National Standards Institute

MSHA Mine Safety & Health Administration

NFPA National Fire Protection Association

NIOSH The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration

CSA Canadian Standard Association

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