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Breathing and particle protection:
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: February 14, 2020 09:03AM

I recall reading a post about someone who had gotten allergic to some of the adhesives.

Also, I was talking to my brother who does a not of wood turning and has gotten allergic to the wood chips and particles. Yes, one can get sensitized to anything.

But, so that he could continue to enjoy his avocation, he did some research and picked up one of the new 3-M full respirator helmets with pressurized air flowing into a full face mask helmet with ear protection.
The mask also comes with replaceable shields so that when things get splattered on the mask, the inexpensive shield cover can be replaced rather than the much more expensive full face plate itself.

The setup is not inexpensive. But, as he said - he wants to enjoy his vocation, but he only have one set of lungs, one set of ears, and one set of eyes. So, to him it is worth the price.

So, for the folks who do have allergies, and other concerns when it comes to certain aspects of rod building, you might want to consider one of their products.



There are many many more unique products available in their product line. So, if you have unique needs to protect your body from particles, noise vapors or others, just give them a call or check their catalogs. These are certainly not for everyone and are not needed by many folks. But, for those folks who do have a need, this company likely has the exact product that you need to solve your particular problem with respect to making your environment a safer and less allergic place to work.

I do not represent the company, but when my brother showed me his gear that he uses when working; it all made sense to use to put out a better product with the best products for assemblies and finish, without harming his body and or lungs.

Take care

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Re: Breathing and particle protection:
Posted by: Donald La Mar (---)
Date: February 14, 2020 10:41AM

Roger is spot on correct - one can develop an allergy over time and with what seems to be minimal to modest exposures. And once sensitized even the small amounts used to test for sensitivity can set off ugly reactions. I've been there, done that, and am still wearing the T-shirt.

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Re: Breathing and particle protection:
Posted by: Lance Schreckenbach (---.lightspeed.hstntx.sbcglobal.net)
Date: February 14, 2020 08:56PM

I use positive pressure masks at work for IDLH atmospheres. We are using mostly grade D breathing air that includes SCBA type systems. It is highly advisable to be fit tested for these types of mask. Without the correct fit they will not seal properly and what you are trying to prevent from breathing can get in. You may be able to get by with just an air purifying respirator, this does not have positive pressure and is much more affordable than the Atmosphere-supplying respirators. You will need to be clean shaven in the seal area for either of these to work properly and for the 3M air purifying type you will need the purple organic vapor,acid gas,HEPA filters. Anyway you look at it, you will be ready for the Corona virus. You may also want to look into a box of Tyvek suits.


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Re: Breathing and particle protection:
Posted by: Mark Warnke (---.car2-wispds4-pool9.amplex.net)
Date: February 14, 2020 09:42PM

That's just like what I wear everyday at work. The company I work for manufactures Beryllium products So we have to have lots of PAPR.

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Re: Breathing and particle protection:
Posted by: Ed Kramer (---.hrbgpa.fios.verizon.net)
Date: February 14, 2020 10:13PM

One thing to do is to research the wood type you are turning. Some are toxic when particles are inhaled. One needs to understand the hazards going in.

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