Respiratory Therapist/protective wear


whats the best protection for someone who works in anmainly enclosed area where there is diesel exhaust fumes from commercial vehicles and steel dust possibly form the building structure itself

Hi Brian,

Excellent question! I don't get too many questions regarding work-related/environmental respiratory concerns, so I always enjoy when I do get them.

The best, most cost-friendly mask would be a box of disposable "Activated Carbon respirator masks for fumes" which are made specifically to allow the carbon filter to absorb fumes as opposed to allowing them to pass through the mask. There are hundreds of types and models out there, so my advice is find the best price with the best review and go from there.

If you are willing to shell out some bucks, and are surrounded by these fumes pretty much all day-every day, I'd consider a more durable mask, such as a welding particulate respirator mask which may run $35-40 but worth the investment.

I hope this helps, good luck!

Best of health to you,

Larry, RRT  

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Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT, RCP) since 2005. I have worked primarily in the acute care, critical care, burn care and home care settings.

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