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It is important to wear and clean respirators properly in order to ensure their effectiveness in protecting against harmful airborne substances. To wear a respirator properly, follow these steps:
- Start by selecting the correct respirator for the task at hand. There are different types of respirators for different types of hazards, so make sure to choose the right one.
- Before putting on the respirator, check the seal between the mask and your face to ensure there are no gaps. You can do this by using the fit test instructions provided by the manufacturer.
- Put on the respirator, making sure it covers your nose and mouth completely and that it has a good seal around your face.
- Adjust the straps and other fittings to ensure a snug and comfortable fit.
- Once the respirator is in place, avoid touching it or adjusting it, as this can break the seal and reduce its effectiveness.
To clean a respirator, follow these steps:
- Disassemble the respirator, removing the filters and any other parts that can be taken off.
- Clean the respirator using a mild soap or detergent solution and warm water. Avoid using solvents or other harsh chemicals, as they can damage the respirator.
- Rinse the respirator thoroughly with warm water to remove any soap or detergent residue.
- Allow the respirator to air dry completely before reassembling and using it again.
Remember, it is important to wear and clean respirators properly in order to ensure their effectiveness in protecting you from harmful airborne substances. If you have any questions or concerns, consult the manufacturer’s instructions or seek advice from a safety professional.
Here is the OSHA standard on respirators.