Respiratory Protection

Globus offers a range of high-quality respirators with diverse protection levels against dust, fumes, and viruses, ensuring workforce safety. Our respiratory range includes disposable valved and unvalved variants, achieving excellent fit test pass rates for superior performance.
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I am looking for a Respirator which will provide suitable protection for Welding - what would you recommend?

The recommendation will depend on the type of welding, the working environment, whether any ventilation is in place etc. Please contact our Sales Team on or telephone +44 (0)161 877 4747.

I have heard a lot about Face Fit Testing - what is it?

Alpha Solway have developed a Qualitative Face Fit Test Kit. For more information please refer to our Face Fit Test Kit section.

What is the difference between an FFP1, FFP2 and an FFP3 dust respirator?

Simply, an FFP3 will offer greater protection than FFP2 and FFP1. An FFP1 has an Assigned Protection Factor (APF) of 4, FFP2 has an APF of 10 and an FFP3 has an APF of 20.

Selection of the most appropriate respirator depends on the contaminant and Occupational Exposure Level (OEL) and guidance should always be sought. You can use our Respirator Selector Guide for initial guidance but please contact us direct for more specific information.

What types of respirators can be tested by a Qualitative Face Fit Test Kit?

All disposable respirators and half masks fitted with particulate filters can be tested. Please contact us on 01461 202452 for more information.

What is the purpose of the small valve at the front of some masks?

The valve helps lower the temperature inside the mask and also reduces condensation caused by the mask on wearers’ spectacles.

What is the life span of a disposable dust respirator?

A disposable respirator will last for a maximum eight-hour shift or until the wearer finds the breathing resistance is too great.

What is the current standard for disposable respirators?

The current standard is EN149:2001+A1:2009, although respirators are still legally in the marketplace under the previous EN149:2001 standard.

What is the difference between the old EN149 standard and the EN149: 2001 standard?

Simply, the new standard combines solid and liquid test methods for each respirator, but precisely:

Under the old EN149 standard the classifications were FFP1S, FFP2S, FFP2SL, FFP3S and FFP3SL. These have now been superseded by just FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3.

Previously, whilst the old ‘S’ type respirator protected only against solid and non-volatile liquid particles, the ‘SL’ type had also to protect against oil based mists. This could potentially lead users to select by mistake an ‘S’ model instead of the correct ‘SL’ model when one or more of the hazards was an oil based mist.

Today with the new standard in place all models conforming to EN149:2001 must offer protection against all of the hazards mentioned previously, which can only decrease the risk to the health and safety of the end user.

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