3M has been a pioneer in the maintenance free particulate respirator product category. For over 25 years our Occupational Health and Environmental Safety group has developed, made and supplied this form of respiratory protection.
3M developed the first filtering facepiece respirator to receive NIOSH approval in 1972. We have created numerous patented technologies that have been incorporated throughout our products. Today, our extensive family of respirators offers a full range of comfort, convenience and value.
From foundries to wood working, workers in many industries require protection from airborne particles and mists. Sweeping, sanding, grinding, sawing, bagging, welding – each creates a unique set of conditions, especially given environmental considerations such as heat and humidity. 3M’s wide selection of filtering facepiece respirators helps you match the respirator to your environment. 3M uses a variety of innovative technologies and features to help you meet your protection and comfort needs. They are all NIOSH 42 CFR 84 approved and include the following features: • lightweight and comfortable • adjustable noseclips • variety of strap types • variety of strap attachments • some models available with carbon filter material for nuisance level relief • soft inner materials • compatible with most eye and hearing protection