For operatives working in grain storage
Grain Storage structures can become a respiratory risk due to gases that may be given off from spoiling grain or fumigation. Workers may be exposed to unhealthy levels of airborne contaminants, including molds, chemical fumigants (toxic chemicals), and gases associated with decaying and fermenting silage. Fumigants are commonly used for insect control on stored grain and many have inadequate warning properties. Fires and explosions from grain dust accumulation, are also possible, which is why in this setting, ATEX approved respirators are recommended, such as the EX Respirator
For Lab Technicians
Laboratory environments can be hazardous for potential inhalation exposures, due to the broad spectrum and varying nature of materials worked with. Typically in this environment the Halo Respirator is the most appropriate solution, which offers the user advanced HEPA filtration, IP66 water tolerant, and no hoses, belts or waist mounted battery packs.
Mining & Quarrying
For Operatives working in quarrying or mining
Crystalline silica is one of the commonest minerals in the earths crust and forms a proportion of the many materials extracted from quarries. When crushed or abraded during quarrying activities, materials containing silica create respirable crystalline silica (RCS) dust. It is this respirable dust that is associated with the respiratory disease silicosis. Typically these industries require IP 66 rated products such as the Ultra Respirator.
For Carpenters and Joiners
Wood dust can cause serious health problems. It can cause asthma, which carpenters and joiners are four times more likely to get compared with other UK workers. The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 require that you protect workers from the hazards of wood dust. The IP66 rated Ultra Respirator is recommended for such environments.
For operatives working in construction environments
Silica is the second largest risk to construction workers in the UK. You generate dust from these materials during many common construction tasks. These include cutting, drilling, grinding and polishing. Some of this dust is fine enough to get deep into your lungs. The fine dust is known as respirable crystalline silica (RCS) and is too fine to see with normal lighting. It is commonly called silica or silica dust. Heavy and prolonged exposure to RCS can cause lung cancer and other serious respiratory diseases. HSE commissioned estimates it was responsible for the death of over 500 construction workers in 2005. In addition to the risks from lung cancer, silica is also linked to other serious lung diseases.