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Moldex Particulate Respirators, N95 with Handystrap, Medium/Large
Item #936939
Model #507-2800N95
  • Added carbon layer helps filter out nuisance levels of ozone and organic vapors (less than OSHA PEL)
  • For most welding applications
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Kimtech Disposable N95 Pouch Respirator, Universal Size, White, 300/Carton (53358)
Item #24474054
Model #KCC 55358CT
  • N95 pouch respirator is designed to help guard against the risks posed by airborne particles and contaminants
  • Offers comfort fit headband and bendable nosepiece to customize fit
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Kimtech Disposable N95 Half Face Pouch Respirator, One Size, White/Blue, 50/Pack (53358)
Item #24478985
Model #53358
  • Pouch respirator is designed to help guard against the risks posed by airborne particles and contaminants
  • Provides a minimum of 95% filtration efficiency of 0.3µ particles
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3M™ Half Facepiece Disposable Respirator Assembly 53P71, Organic Vapor/P95 Respiratory Protection, Large
Item #422396
Model #53P71
  • NIOSH approved for respiratory protection against certain organic vapors and particulates
  • Lightweight well-balanced design enhances comfort
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Moldex® P100 Particulate Respirator, Medium/Large (507-2360P100)
Item #1012741
Model #507-2360P100
  • Size: Medium/large
  • Filtration grade: P100
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3M™ Performance Reusable Paint Project Respirator OV/P95, Medium (6211P1-DC)
Item #343902
Model #MMM6211PA1A
  • Designed for professionals, this reusable respirator is ideal for spray painting and projects that require solvents or pesticides. T
  • Size: Medium
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3M™ Paint Project/Pesticide Respirator, Large (6311PA1-A)
Item #343903
Model #MMM6311PA1A
  • For workplace/occupational applications only
  • Provides at least 95% filter efficiency against solid and liquid aerosols as well as certain organic vapors
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3M™ Half Facepiece Reusable Respirator 6200, Medium
Item #422412
Model #6200
  • This series combines comfort and convenience
  • Comfortable soft, lightweight facepiece with easy-to-adjust head straps
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Ergodyne Arsenal 5180 Half-Mask Respirator Waist Pack, Black (13180)
Item #43675
Model #13180
  • Respirator Waist Pack
  • 420D Nylon w/PVC backing
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3M™ Disposable Particulate Respirator, N95, 20/Pack (8200)
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Item #1549927
Model #8200
  • Lightweight, disposable particulate respirator is an economical choice for respiratory protection
  • NIOSH approved for at least 95 percent filtration efficiency against certain non-oil based particles
3M™ N95 Disposable Respirator with Cool Flow™ Valve, 10/Pack (8511P10-DC-PS)
Out of Stock
Item #24478401
Model #8511P10-DC-PS
  • NIOSH-Approved N95 for at least 95 percent filtration efficiency against certain non-oil-based particles and aerosols
  • 3M cool flow valve helps reduce heat build-up inside the respirator
3M Particulate Respirators 8511, N95 with 3M Cool Flow™ Exhalation Valve, 10/Bx
Out of Stock
Item #812855
Model #MMM8511
  • Particulate respirator
  • 10 masks per box
Tronex Face Mask, Cone Style NIOSH N95 Respirator, Small, Case (511N95S)
Out of Stock
Item #2521166
Model #511N95S
  • Virgin polyethylene (PE) material
  • 100% latex and Powder-Free
3M VFlex Particulate Respirator  Small
Out of Stock
Item #2619557
Model #MMM9105S
  • 3M patented filter media
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs
North Safety Emergency Escape Mouthbit Respirator For Acid Gas (068-7902)
Out of Stock
Item #1012416
Model #068-7902
  • Resistance: Chlorine, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride, hydrogen sulfide, Sulphur dioxide
  • Usage: Protection from atmospheres containing chlorine, Sulphur dioxide

A respirator is a kind of face mask that is crucial for many industries. They can also be extremely helpful, if not life-saving, in a variety of high-risk situations. Staples carries a range of respirator masks to keep the wearer safe and healthy. Learn more below.

What Is a Respirator?

Respirators are a type of face mask designed to reduce exposure to harmful airborne bacteria or chemicals. When worn properly, a respirator mask protects the wearer from inhaling dangerous substances that could cause illness or difficulty breathing. Staples sells a variety of personal protective equipment, including two kinds of respiratory masks: particulate respirators and chemical cartridge/gas mask respirators. Particulate respirators are the most common and filter out airborne particles. A gas mask respirator filters out chemicals and gases. With either type, users must ensure there is a snug fit between the mask and their skin for maximum filtration and safety benefits.

What Type of Respirator Should I Buy?

The type of respirator mask that will best serve the user depends on what they will be exposed to. Different types of masks are better suited to filter certain substances varying from metal pouring, pharmaceuticals, bacterial particles, mold, smoke, and more. Learn more about particulate respirators and chemical cartridge/gas mask respirators and their recommended uses below.

Particulate Respirators

Particulate respirators are the most affordable type of respiratory mask, though they only filter airborne particles and are intended for low hazard levels. This type includes N95 masks and other face masks designed with a filtering facepiece that protects the wearer from infectious agents. Particulate respirators are secured to the face using two straps that are meant to go around the back of the wearer’s head.

Chemical Cartridge/Gas Mask Respirator

Chemical cartridge/gas mask respirators are also known as air-purifying respirators, as they filter chemical gases and some particulates. These masks are designed to be secured around the back of the head with the filtration piece worn snugly over the nose and mouth. This kind of mask works well for those who are working with paint, pesticides, agricultural materials, construction materials, automotive materials, and certain organic particles. These face mask respirators are only effective, however, if used with the right cartridge or filter for the biological or chemical substance, so be sure to check product descriptions.

How to Test Your Respirator’s Fit

A respirator’s efficiency depends on a proper fit. A respirator mask should be worn snugly against the face with straps secured either behind the ears or connected at the back of the head, depending on the design. To test whether your mask is snug enough, put both hands over the filter or filter mouth holes. If you cannot inhale with the filter covered, your mask fit is appropriate. If you do get air, your mask is either not snug enough or has a leak. In this case, make adjustments or choose another mask. If you can taste, smell, or feel the substance you are avoiding exposure to, or if you feel drowsy, dizzy, confused, or nauseous, your mask is not properly protecting you. Avoid exposure and replace your respirator mask.