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3M™ Versaflo™ Respirator Systems: Versatile, simplified selection, increased versatility and improved user comfort.
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Powered & Supplied Air Respirators Overview

Our Range

Work in a World of Comfort

Work in a World of Comfort

3M offers an extensive and flexible range of industrial powered and supplied air respirators developed for a wide range of environments, applications and hazards.

These respiratory protective systems offer comfortable, integrated protection against multiple hazards providing respiratory, head, face, eye and hearing protection. Their ease-of-use can improve productivity in the workplace.

What

  1. Headtop connected to a powered motor blower unit; or
  2. Headtop connected by a regulator to an external breathable quality compressed air supply
  3. Often includes other neck-up hazard protection (e.g. eye, head, hearing, neck/shoulder coverage).

Why
Comfort, Compliance and Protection

  1. Refreshing airflow and reduced breathing resistance
  2. Combined, integrated protection
  3. Can offer respiratory, head, face, eye, hearing, head/neck/shoulder coverage
  4. High protection factors
  5. Fit Test Not Required

 3M™ Versaflo™ Respirator Systems - NIOSH (PDF, 1.7MB)

Powered vs. Supplied Air

Powered Air

Work in a World of Comfort

Filters contaminants from your surroundings

All 3M™ Versaflo™ incorporates a battery powered motorized fan to draw air through a filter

High mobility

Cannot be used to protect against substances with poor warning properties (taste/smell)

Must not be used in conditions that are Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH)

Supplied Air

Air is supplied from a compressor (compressed air must be of breathable quality)

Limited mobility

Can be used to protect against substances with poor warning properties (taste/smell)

Must not be used in conditions that are Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health (IDLH)

Valve options can cool or heat the incoming air

Modular vs. Individual

Modular Systems

Modular Systems

The modular respirator system is a comprehensive approach to worker protection systems based on comfortable-to-wear components.

All modular headtops, air delivery units and breathing tubes are compatible with one another.

Users can mix and match parts as they move from one environment to another, or from one application to the next.

It is the ultimate in flexibility for handling changing user environments.

Individual Systems

Designed for specific applications for example, foundries, painting, and asbestos removal.

Are available in belt-mounted, head-mounted and face-mounted configurations.

Are available in PAPR and supplied air configurations.

Are not compatible with the modular range.



Additional Resources

Why 3M™ Powered & Supplied Air Respirators?

Work in a World of Comfort

3M offers an extensive and flexible range of industrial powered and supplied air respirators developed for a wide range of environments, applications and hazards. These respiratory protective systems can offer comfortable, integrated protection against multiple hazards providing respiratory, head, face, eye and hearing protection and also head, neck and shoulder coverage.

Selection & Replacement Tools

Select & Service Life

3M can provide assistance in choosing the appropriate respirator and estimating the service life of 3M™ Respirator Cartridges. Learn More

Cartridge & Filter Replacement Program
Help protect workers by efficiently managing the cartridge and filter replacement process by assisting you in determining how long products may be used, and providing procedures and templates to document your safety programs. Learn More

Respiratory Trade In Program

Upgrade to 3M™ Versaflo™ Respirator Systems To help you experience the comfort, simplicity and versatility of Versaflo™ systems, 3M has a limited time trade-in offer. Upgrade to Versaflo™ today.

Services & Training

Setting up a Respiratory Protection Program

Guidance for establishing a respiratory protection program: 6 Simple Steps. Learn More

Respirator Fit Testing

Fit testing is required for mandatory use of all tight-fitting facepieces and recommended for voluntary use. OSHA 1910.134(f) states: “The employer shall ensure that an employee using a tight-fitting facepiece respirator is fit tested prior to initial use of the respirator, whenever a different respirator facepiece (size, style, model or make) is used, and at least annually thereafter.” Learn More

Online Medical Evaluations

Medical evaluation of the employee is required for mandatory use of all respirators or voluntary use of reusable or disposable respirators. 3M Online Respirator Evaluation can be used with all brands and types of respirators.

The easy-to-use questionnaire helps establish the worker’s clearance level for using a specific respirator in your work conditions. It can be completed in 15-20 minutes using any computer with internet access, and is available every day, any time, to fit your employees’ schedules. Any respirator brand can be used. You’ll receive immediate notification of clearance as well as on-line recordkeeping to track employee status. Available in English and Spanish. Learn More

Respiratory Protection Mobile App

Respiratory Protection Resource Guide Mobile App

Using the free app, industrial hygienists and safety professionals can quickly get answers to frequently asked respiratory questions, check the 3M respirator selection guide, identify 3M facepieces, cartridges and filters, walk through an overview of qualitative fit-testing protocols, and conduct fit tests.

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3M Powered & Supplied Air Respirators

A comfortable stream of clean air is delivered to the wearer through either a battery-powered motor blower (Powered Air Purifying Respirators - PAPR) or from a pressure pump (Supplied Air Respirators - SAR).