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Proper Care and Fitting of Respirators for Lead Dust Protection

Workers need more than paper masks when lead dust starts flying

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The basic piece of safety equipment for workers exposed to lead dust is a properly fitted half-face respirator equipped with purple HEPA filters. Many do-it-yourselfers can use an N100 series disposable respirator, but mustaches and beards present a special problem. 

In this video, Robert F. MacDuff and James L. Scott, C.I.H. of EnviroScience Consultants inc. [sic] in Newington, Connecticut, explain some procedures to be followed for proper fitting and maintenance of these breathing protection devices.

There's a lot more information you need to know about lead-paint removal. For a start, read Tom's article, Lead-Paint Safety, at Home and on the Job.  For an online directory of professional fit-testers, visit The American Industrial Hygiene Association at: www.aiha.org.


From Fine Homebuilding 150, pp. 66-73
November 1, 2002


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