Powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) are a type of personal protective respiratory equipment used to protect workers from breathing contaminated air. Different kinds of PAPRs exist for all different kinds of working environments, but all PAPRs have four things in common:
- A hood, helmet, or facepiece
- A powered fan, forcing incoming air through
- A filter to deliver clean air to the wearer
- A power source or battery
PAPRs deliver cool air to the worker, making it much easier to breathe and significantly more comfortable to wear for a prolonged period of time. And if you have an employee with facial hair that impedes the fit of traditional respirators, a PAPR with a hood is a great alternative. Because the loose-fitting hoods and helmets of PAPRs only form a partial seal around the user’s shoulders or neck, they don’t require any fit testing. This also makes them ideal for employees who don’t fit in N95 respirators.
Levitt-Safety carries powered air-purifying respirators from 3M, Scott Safety, CleanSpace, Honeywell, Pureflow, and more.