3M advanced three-panel design optimises comfort
23 January 2013
Disposable respirators have become integral to many dusty working environments where it is difficult to maintain Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or regular storage space is not available. They have also proved invaluab
Diversified technology company, 3M, consistently strives to offer products that provide optimal comfort and performance to customers, not least in the area of disposable respirator design and manufacture.
A key range within 3M's extensive portfolio of disposable respirators is the 3M 9300 Series Foldable Disposable Respirators. Part of the Comfort Series, its advanced three-panel design accommodates a wide range of face shapes and sizes, allowing more flexibility for facial movement and a tight, comfortable seal for protection. The design also aids communication, as the three panels move with the wearer as they use their mouth to speak. These aspects of comfort and communication are crucial in encouraging employees to wear respirators consistently for long periods and allowing them to communicate well.
Further features of the 3M 9300 Series respirators include the positioning of the valve and a robust central panel. This allows for valve efficiency and maintains the shape of the design, resulting in a cooler environment for the wearer, especially in hot, humid conditions. Its low profile on the face meanwhile provides a good field of vision and improves its compatibility with other PPE, especially safety or prescription eyewear.
The flat fold design also enables efficient storage and increased portability, making it extremely convenient for sites where there is no dedicated storage space for PPE.
The product has impressed many followers already, including Andrew Casson, paint shop supervisor at Flybe Aviation Services. He commented: "I currently employ 21 aircraft painters and we operate a 24 hour service, seven days a week. I've managed the paint shop for the past 15 years and have likely tried most forms of Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) on the market.
"For sanding over the recent years we have stuck with what I feel is the best RPE on the market, which is the 3M 9300 Series. We routinely use contractors so these fold-flat, individually packed respirators are ideal for issue on a daily basis. Our permanent staff prefer this style too as they are easy to use and dispose of when contaminated." 3M is a trademark of 3M Company