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3M PAPR & Supplied Air Respirators

PAPR & Supplied Air Respirators

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PAPR & Supplied Air Respirators Overview

  • Our Range

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


    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).


    Comfort, Compliance and Protection

    1. Reduced breathing resistance

    2. Combined, integrated protection

    3. Potential for higher assigned protection factors

    4. Fit Test Not Required (for loose-fitting headtops)

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

  • 3M Powered vs. Supplied Air

    Powered Air

    • 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
  • 3M Modular vs. Individual PAPR

    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

  • Selection & Replacement Tools
    3M Selection & Replacement Tools

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

    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.

  • 3M Services & Training

    Setting up a Respiratory Protection Program

    Guidance for establishing a respiratory protection program: 6 Simple Steps. Establishing a Respiratory Program

    3M Respirator Fit Testing

    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.”Respirator Fit Testing

    3M Online Medica lEvaluations

    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.Respirator Medical Evaluations

  • 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.

    Download for iOS

    Download for Android

Breathe Easier

    3M™ Breathe Easy™ PAPR Systems are NIOSH Approved and Commercially Available

    Recently, 3M has received questions regarding the availability of our 3M™ Breathe Easy™ Powered Air Purifying Respirators used for First Receiver patient decontamination programs for CBRN PAPR (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear hazards) and whether they have been discontinued.

    Please be advised that the NIOSH approved systems along with the replacement parts are commercially available through a number of 3M distributors. These product lines have not been discontinued. Please note that some distributors in 2016 temporarily stopped featuring the Breathe Easy PAPR systems on their website as 3M worked through a supply disruption of the 3M™ Hood BE-10BR Butyl Rubber (required for CBRN compliance).

    As of October 2016, this supply disruption is no longer an issue.

    Contact your 3M Government and Healthcare Specialist

    Download communication letter (PDF, 62.79 KB)

    User Advisory Notice

    3M has received a number of recent inquiries asking for clarification regarding the user advisory notice dated September 30, 2016 for the 3M™ Breathe Easy™ BE-10BR butyl rubber hood, particularly regarding the establishment of a recommended 10-year shelf life, and the ability to use the product beyond the recommended 10-year shelf life claim. This letter is meant to clarify these issues.

    To request your valve and valve seat repacement at no cost, please call 1-855-317-4203

    Read Notice

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