POWERED AIR PURIFYING RESPIRATORS (PAPR)
Powered Air purifying Respirators (PAPR) use a motorized air source to filter and clean ambient air before it is delivered to the user. Powered Air Purifying Respirator systems can use many different filters such as HEPA (high efficiency particulate air), Vapor protection or simple particulate filtration. Powered Air Purifying Respirators deliver a cooler and easier breathing experience than standard respirators.
Don’t forget, Enviro Safety also stocks a full line of 3M respirators and other breathing protection products for all of your industrial safety needs.
Different powered air purifying respirators for a diverse range of systems
Enviro Safety offers a range of different powered air respirators and masks for a variety of industries and requirements. Whether you need to filter out vapor, gas, or particulates. We also offer PAPR systems that work with Welding, HazMat, and much more.
Some of the systems we offer include:
Gas, Vapor & Particulate systems
PAPR systems that can filter out Gas, Vapor and Particulates include the 3M Versaflo, 3M GVP and 3M BreathEasy systems. These systems offer a wide selection of mounting and headgear options. The 3M Versaflo system comes in three lines: TR-300N+, TR-600 and TR-800. All of these can be configured with either an ECK (Easy Clean) or HIK (Heavy Industry) model. Additionally, the TR-800 can be configured as a PSK (Painter’s Kit).
So the options are: TR-300N+ECK, TR-300N+HIK, TR-600-ECK, TR-600-HIK, TR-800-ECK, TR-800-HIK and TR-800-PSK.
The difference between each line is as follows: TR-300 is a baseline product that offers Particulate protection; the TR-600 adds Gas and Vapor protection; the TR-800 includes Particulate, Gas and Vapor protection in an Intrinsically-Safe model.
Welding applications and PAPR systems go hand in hand with comfort, and added productivity. With traditional helmets and 3M dust masks, extended welding sessions can be hot and tiring. With a Speedglas Adflo system, welders can enjoy top level welding protection, and a cooler, more comfortable welding experience. And when you are more comfortable, it's easier to concentrate on quality work!
Homeland Security and HazMat responders need protection from a variety of hazardous materials. From Vapors to Gases. The 3M First Responders PAPR full face respirators combined with Tychem products can provide effective barriers to toxic chemicals.
Hooded systems provide the user with a lightweight positive air pressure area that keeps filtered air in, and pushes contaminated air out.
Face Mask systems
Facemask systems provide protection by directly sealing against the face of the user, and offer positive seal protection against contaminants.
Frequently asked questions about powered air respirators (PAPR)
Here are some answers to the more commonly asked questions about PAPR systems that we have been asked.
These FAQS cover everything from the very basic questions, like what does a PAPR do exactly? We also address the question of where or not you can share powered air respirators.
If you have a question that is not answered on this page, please feel free to reach out to the Enviro Safety sales team. We are always happy to answer any questions, and who knows, maybe it’ll end up here to help others.
What does a PAPR do?
A powered air purifying respirator, PAPR, forces air through canisters or filter cartridges into the wearer’s breathing zone. This process creates an air flow that is inside either a loose-fitting helmet or hood, or a tight-fitting facepiece.
By doing this, the wearer is provided with a higher protection (better known as APF: assigned protection factor) compared to reusable elastomeric non-powered air-purifying protective gear.
Can you share PAPR?
This is really a question of personal hygiene, and it is not ideal to share a head top of a face piece. In cases where it is necessary for employees to share a single powered air purifying respirator, they would still need their own face mask or head top.
This way, at least, hygiene protocols are more easily maintained. Each employee would have ownership of their own face mask or head top for the purposes of maintenance, cleaning and storage.
Do PAPRs require fit testing?
Tight-fitting reusable and disposable air-purifying respirator options do require fit testing. However, loose-fitting headgear doesn’t require fit testing. For this reason, loose-fitting PAPR headgear can actually save you money, and time. This is because fit tests have to be performed annually.
How much is a PAPR?
The cost of each PAPR ranges from $1,000 to $3,000 depending on the powered air purifying respirator system. When you purchase a PAPR Kit from Enviro Safety it will generally come with the hood or hat assembly, belt, battery, battery charger kit, HE filter, pre-filter, and the airflow indicator.
For exact details of what is included when you purchase a PAPR, it’s best to check the individual product page or call and talk to a Product Specialist.
What is a positive pressure mask?
A positive pressure mask, or respirator, is a type of respiratory protection device. Positive air pressure is maintained within a facepiece when the device is being used properly.
Essentially, it is just another name for powered air purifying air respirators (PAPR).
Are there different types of positive air pressure masks?
There are two main types of positive air pressure masks: continuous flow and pressure-demand. With pressure-demand respirators, an exhalation valve and a pressure regulator on the mask maintain a mask’s positive pressure. Unless there are high breathing rates.
Continuous-flow devices are ones which move air through the respirators at a consistent rate. And it is done regardless of a wearer’s work. For continuous flow devices the positive pressure is defined by its flow rate.
Powered air purifying respirators by Enviro Safety
Enviro Safety offers a wide range of powered air purifying respirators from some of the biggest brands in the business, including 3M Versalfo, RPB, Honeywell and Bullard. So, you know when you’re buying from us, you’re buying the best.
This means that no matter what your needs are, we have a PAPR for a wide range of situations. It should be noted that during the Covid-19 pandemic, there can be a lead time on some orders. Contact us for more information, if needed.
If you have any questions, please contact us and talk with a Product Specialist today.