I'm in the market for a good organic vapor mask. The Quicklatch from
AOSafety, at ~$40 looks appealing. I've also seen some mention 3M
here. Any strong suggestions? I'm going to go to a supply house to
try a few on, but other than a good fit, is there anything I should be
on the lookout for? Also, I'd prefer to not end up with a Dustfoe
situation, wherein the filters become no longer available.
I've been very happy with my 3M 7502 (or 7501, 7503 depending on size).
It's available from a variety of places, but I found it cheapest
I use it primarily for dust, but the few times I've used it for organic
vaporos it's been very effective also (with appropriate cartridges).
There are a wide variety of both dust and OV cartridges available for
it - I found some fairly inexpensively on eBay. I like the comfortable
silicone facepiece, and the fact that you can flip it down off your
head but leave it hooked around your neck if you need to talk to
someone. It does interfere with normal conversation, as I think most
real respirators would. I have a goatee, and it still seals well on my
face. It seals better than any of the paper masks I've tried, though I
haven't tried any other cartridge-type respirators.
Hope this helps,
Mine Safety Company - probably the largest maker of breathing apparatus
and safety products in the world. Not likely to go out of production
soon. I have a few models of their masks and they are really good
quality. They have a large selection of cartridge types for diff uses.
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