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Filtera stocks respirators, safe breathing equipment and disposable welding particle respirators. Filtera offers a full line of quality 3M respirators and replacement parts for prompt shipment.

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- Respirator Comparison Table




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"In a pandemic, everything from syringes to hospital beds, respirators, masks and protective equipment would be in short supply"
President George W. Bush
Excerpt from Presidential television address 11/1/2005
Complete Text of President's Address
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3M N95 Particulate Respirators
3M N95 Particulate Respirators

3M N95 Particulate Welding Respirators
3M N95 Particulate Welding Respirators

3M Model 8662ES, Home Dust Mask
3M Model 8662ES, Home Dust Mask

3M Model 8246, R95, Particle Respirator
3M Model 8246, R95, Particle Respirator

3M Model 8247, R95 Particle Respirator
3M Model 8247, R95 Particle Respirator

3M Model 8577, P95 Particle Respirator
3M Model 8577, P95 Particle Respirator

3M Model 8233, N100 Particle Respirator
3M Model 8233, N100 Particle Respirator

3M Model 8293, P100 Particle Respirator
3M Model 8293, P100 Particle Respirator

3M 5000 Series Disposable Half-Face Respirators
3M 5000 Series Disposable Half-Face Respirators

3M 6000 Series Reusable Half-Face & Full-Face Respirators
3M 6000 Series Reusable Half-Face & Full-Face Respirators

3M 7500 Series Reusable Half-Face Respirators
3M 7500 Series Reusable Half-Face Respirators


Recent CDC infection control guidance documents provide recommendations that health care workers protect themselves from diseases potentially spread through the air (such as SARS, Avian Influenza or Tuberculosis) by wearing a fit-tested respirator at least as protective as a NIOSH-approved N-95 respirator. Additional information regarding pandemic flu is available at pandemicflu.gov.


Quick Links to Filtera's Respirator Sub Pages:
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Filtering Facepiece Respirators:

N95 Particulate Respirators:
(N95 = not oil resistant, 95% efficient to 0.3 microns)*
3M Model 8000 as low as $0.39
3M Model 8110S for smaller faces, as low as $0.84
3M Model 8210 Plus as low as $0.91
3M Model 8211 as low as $2.40
3M Model 9210 as low as $0.99
3M Model 8511 as low as $1.78
3M Model 9211 as low as $1.72

N95 Particulate Welding Respirators:
(N95 = not oil resistant, 95% efficient to 0.3 microns)*
3M Model 8212 as low as $4.85
3M Model 8512 as low as $4.54
3M Model 8214 as low as $5.80
3M Model 8514 as low as $5.15
3M Model 8515 as low as $2.30

Non-rated Home/Hobby Dust Mask:
3M Model 8662ES as low as $0.56

R95 Particulate Respirators:
(R95 = oil resistant, 95% efficient to 0.3 microns)*
3M Model 8246 as low as $2.68
3M Model 8247 as low as $2.74

P95 Particulate Respirators:
(P95 = oil proof, 95% efficient to 0.3 microns)*
3M Model 8577 as low as $3.46

N100 Particulate Respirators:
(N100 = not oil resistant, 99.97% efficient to 0.3 microns)*
3M Model 8233 as low as $6.92

P100 Particulate Respirators:
(P100 = oil proof, 99.97% efficient to 0.3 microns)*
3M Model 8293 as low as $8.07

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Half-Face Dual Cartridge Respirator Assemblies:

3M Model R6111 OV/P95 size small, as low as $31.76
3M Model R6211 OV/P95 size medium, as low as $31.76
3M Model R6311 OV/P95 size large, as low as $31.76

3M Model R7511ES OV/P95 size small, as low as $37.77
3M Model R7512ES OV/P95 size medium, as low as $37.77
3M Model R7513ES OV/P95 size large, as low as $37.77

Full-Face Dual Cartridge Respirator Assemblies:

3M Model 67P71 size small, as low as $131.87
3M Model 68P71 size medium, as low as $131.87
3M Model 69P71 size large, as low as $131.87

Replacement Cartridges / Filters / Parts for 3M Dual Cartridge Respirators:

3M 2071 Particulate Filter P95 as low as $1.69
3M 2091 Particulate Filter P100 as low as $3.13
3M 2097 Particulate Filter P100 as low as $3.55

3M 5N11 Particulate Filter N95 as low as $1.21
3M 5P71 Particulate Filter P95 as low as $1.41

3M 501 Filter Retainer as low as $1.36
3M 502 Filter Adapter as low as $1.62

3M 6001 Cartridge organic vapor as low as $4.21
3M 6003 Cartridge organic vapor / acid gas as low as $4.55
3M 6006 Cartridge multigas / vapor as low as $4.59
3M 60921 Cartridge organic vapor / P100 as low as $8.38
3M 60923 Cartridge organic vapor / acid gas / P100 as low as $8.38
3M 60926 Cartridge multigas / vapor / P100 as low as $9.17

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* IMPORTANT:
these are quick and general descriptions only - please see the specific product pages for more information and refer to the manufacturer's literature for the proper use and limitations of these respirators - misuse can result in injury or death!


NIOSH Approved Repspirators
A respirator is a personal protective device that is worn on the face, covers at least the nose and mouth, and is used to reduce the wearers risk of inhaling hazardous airborne particles.

Particulate respirators are also known as air-purifying respirators because they protect by filtering particles out of the air as you breathe. These respirators protect only against particles not gases or vapors. Since airborne biological agents such as bacteria or viruses are particles, they can be filtered by particulate respirators.

Recent CDC infection control guidance documents provide recommendations that health care workers protect themselves from diseases potentially spread through the air (such as SARS, Avian Influenza or Tuberculosis) by wearing a fit-tested respirator at least as protective as a NIOSH-approved N-95 respirator.

NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) uses very high standards to test and approve respirators for occupational uses. NIOSH-approved disposable respirators are marked with the manufacturers name, the part number (P/N), the protection provided by the filter (e.g., N-95), and NIOSH. This information is printed on the facepiece, exhalation valve cover, or head straps. If a disposable respirator does not have these markings, it has not been certified by NIOSH.

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The following information (in italics) has been copied from the CDC NIOSH website and is provided by Filtera for your convenience and assistance in your understanding of the various government mandated respirator classifications.

SUMMARY FOR RESPIRATOR USERS,
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 96-101, January 1996


This summary presents a brief overview of what the respirator user needs to know about the new categories of particulate respirators certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

NIOSH has developed a new set of regulations in 42 CFR* 84 (also referred to as "Part 84") for testing and certifying nonpowered, air-purifying, particulate-filter respirators. The new Part 84 respirators have passed a more demanding certification test than the old respirators (e.g., dust and mist [DM], dust, fume and mist [DFM], spray paint, pesticide, etc.) certified under 30 CFR 11 (also referred to as "Part 11").

Changes in the new regulations involve only nonpowered, air-purifying, particulate-filter respirators. Certification requirements for all other classes of respirators (e.g., chemical cartridges, self-contained breathing apparatus [SCBA], airlines, gas masks without a particulate filter, powered air-purifying respirators [PAPRs] equipped with high-efficiency particulate air [HEPA] filters, etc.) have been transferred to Part 84 without change. Until further notice, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is allowing the continued use of Part 11 particulate-filter respirators. Under Part 84, NIOSH is allowing manufacturers to continue selling and shipping Part 11 particulate filters as NIOSH-certified until July 10, 1998.

The new Part 84 regulation provides for nine classes of filters (three levels of filter efficiency, each with three categories of resistance to filter efficiency degradation). The three levels of filter efficiency are 95%, 99%, and 99.97%. The three categories of resistance to filter efficiency degradation are labeled N, R, and P. The class of filter will be clearly marked on the filter, filter package, or respirator box. For example, a filter marked N95 would mean an N-series filter that is at least 95% efficient. Chemical cartridges that include particulate filter elements will carry a similar marking that pertains only to the particulate filter element.

The new classes of nonpowered particulate respirators require new decision logic for selection of the proper respirator. The selection process for using the new particulate classification is discussed fully in Section II (Detailed Guidelines for Use) and outlined as follows:

1. The selection of N-, R-, and P-series filters depends on the presence or absence of oil particles, as follows:

If no oil particles are present in the work environment, use a filter of any series (i.e., N-, R-, or P-series).

If oil particles (e.g., lubricants, cutting fluids, glycerine, etc.) are present, use an R- or P-series filter. Note: N-series filters cannot be used if oil particles are present.

If oil particles are present and the filter is to be used for more than one work shift, use only a P-series filter.
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Note: To help you remember the filter series, use the following guide:
N for Not resistant to oil,
R for Resistant to oil
P for oil Proof

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2. Selection of filter efficiency (i.e., 95%, 99%, or 99.97%) depends on how much filter leakage can be accepted. Higher filter efficiency means lower filter leakage.

3. The choice of facepiece depends on the level of protection needed--that is, the assigned protection factor (APF) needed.

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*Code of Federal Regulations. See CFR in references.
Filter efficiency is the stated percentage of particles removed from the air.

Filter efficiency degradation is defined as a lowering of filter efficiency or a reduction in the ability of the filter to remove particles as a result of workplace exposure.


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