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Personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturer 3M has added the 8300 to its range of disposable respirators.

Every respirator has an assigned protection factor (APF), which gives a reasonable safety margin in the use of correctly selected respirators.

If properly fitted and used, the actual protection received may well be higher than the APF.

However, protection levels can drop dramatically when a respirator is not used, even for a short period of time.

Technicians from 3M calculated that if an FFP2 respirator, for example, is removed for 10 per cent of the time – the equivalent of just 48 minutes in an eight-hour shift – the actual protection factor is almost halved.

The 3M 8300 series has been specifically developed for comfort.

The new design includes: an M-shaped nose clip to make it easier to fit and improve comfort around the nose; a super-soft cushioned inner lining; and a soft waffle edge – all designed to encourage wearers to use the respirator continually while in a dusty environment.

Other features include: braided headbands that are colour-coded for easy protection-level identification; a robust outer-shell developed for durability; the 3M Cool Flow Valve, which is incorporated into certain models to reduce heat and moisture build-up, making the respirators more comfortable, even in hot and humid conditions; and 3M Advanced Electret filter materials, developed to help users breathe easily through the respirator, providing greater comfort.

The new range of 8300 cup-shaped respirators takes its place in the 3M Comfort Series, alongside the leading 9300 flat-fold respirator.

The company’s different ranges have been repositioned into five easy categories: Classic, Comfort, Premium, Welding and Speciality.

Cup-shaped 8300 respirator provides comfort

Personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturer 3M has added the 8300 to its range of disposable respirators.

Every respirator has an assigned protection factor (APF), which gives a reasonable safety margin in the use of correctly selected respirators.

If properly fitted and used, the actual protection received may well be higher than the APF.

However, protection levels can drop dramatically when a respirator is not used, even for a short period of time.

Technicians from 3M calculated that if an FFP2 respirator, for example, is removed for 10 per cent of the time – the equivalent of just 48 minutes in an eight-hour shift – the actual protection factor is almost halved.

The 3M 8300 series has been specifically developed for comfort.

The new design includes: an M-shaped nose clip to make it easier to fit and improve comfort around the nose; a super-soft cushioned inner lining; and a soft waffle edge – all designed to encourage wearers to use the respirator continually while in a dusty environment.

Other features include: braided headbands that are colour-coded for easy protection-level identification; a robust outer-shell developed for durability; the 3M Cool Flow Valve, which is incorporated into certain models to reduce heat and moisture build-up, making the respirators more comfortable, even in hot and humid conditions; and 3M Advanced Electret filter materials, developed to help users breathe easily through the respirator, providing greater comfort.

The new range of 8300 cup-shaped respirators takes its place in the 3M Comfort Series, alongside the leading 9300 flat-fold respirator.

The company’s different ranges have been repositioned into five easy categories: Classic, Comfort, Premium, Welding and Speciality.

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