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Selecting the right product for the job

22/02/2012

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* The below is only an outline. It is designed to help focus on the most appropriate products in the 3M range for various applications and hazards. It should not be used as the only means of selecting a product. Details of performance and limitations are set out in the product packaging and user instructions. It is ultimately the responsibility of the employer to select the most appropriate PPE based on a full risk assessment.

** Nuisance level = below Workplace Exposure Limit.

 

Dry sanding and grinding

Hazard Inhalation of dusts (and other fine particles) Eye damage from flying particles Noise
Advisory PPE Particulate respirator Impact resistant goggles (machine use) Spectacles (hand sanding only) Hearing protective equipment
Suggested Product Foldable FFP2 Disposable Respirator (06923)
Cup-shaped FFP2 Disposable Respirator (06922)
Premium Line Goggles (02790) Classic Line spectacles (02720)
Comfort Line spectacles (02740)
Banded Ear Plugs (01310)
Disposable Ear Plugs (01100)
Reusable Ear Plugs (01261)
High Comfort Ear Muffs (01440)
Unsuitable PPE Nuisance dust mask Acetate lens goggles (02790A)    

Welding

Hazard Inhalation of welding fumes and ozone gas Eye damage from UV/IR light
Advisory PPE Particulate respirator with carbon layer Welding shield
Suggested Product Welding Fume Respirator (06920) Speedglas™ SL Welding Shield (701120)
Unsuitable PPE Nuisance dust mask  

Paint spraying

Hazard Inhalation of isocyanates found in 2-pack paints
Advisory PPE Supplied air breathing apparatus
Suggested Product Supplied Air Visor System (3M™ Visionair)
6000 Series Full Face Mask with 06971 Supplied Air System
7500 Series Half Face Mask with 06971 Supplied Air System (must be worn with eye protection e.g. goggles)
Premium Line Goggles (02790A) Acetate lens
Unsuitable PPE Particulate respirator (e.g 06922)
Gas and vapour respirator (e.g. 06941)
Mask with filters (e.g 6000 Series Full Face with cartridge filters)

Mixing paint (where there is insufficient ventilation)

Hazard Inhalation of solvent vapours Eye irritation from vapours and chemical splash
Advisory PPE Particulate, gas and vapour respirator Chemical resistance goggles
Suggested Product Maintenance Free Respirator (06941 - FFA1P2, 06942 - FFA2P3) Premium Line Goggles (02790A) Acetate lens
Unsuitable PPE    

Adhesives, coatings and sealers

Hazard Inhalation of mists (low concentration) and nuisance level vapour** Inhalation of vapours and mists (higher concentrations) Eye irritation from vapours and chemical splash
Advisory PPE Particulate respirator with nuisance level vapour protection Particulate, gas and vapour respirator Chemical resistance goggles
Suggested Product Disposable Speciality Respirator (09914 valved)
Disposable Speciality Respirator (06998 unvalved)
Maintenance Free Respirator (06941 - FFA1P2, 06942 - FFA2P3) Premium Line Goggles (02790A) Acetate lens
Unsuitable PPE Disposable particulate respirator (e.g. 06923)    

Polishing and compounding

Hazard Inhalation of dust (where vapour/odour is present refer to solutions for adhesives, coatings and sealers as above)
Advisory PPE Particulate respirator
Suggested Product Foldable FFP2 Disposable Respirator (06923)
Cup-shaped FFP2 Disposable Respirator (06922)
Unsuitable PPE  

* This is only an outline. It is designed to help focus on the most appropriate products in the 3M range for various applications and hazards. It should not be used as the only means of selecting a product. Details of performance and limitations are set out in the product packaging and user instructions. It is ultimately the responsibility of the employer to select the most appropriate PPE based on a full risk assessment.

** Nuisance level = below Workplace Exposure Limit.

Bodyshop PPE Selection Guide (pdf, 1,237kb)

 

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