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TECH TIPS: 6 ways you can benefit from switching to a helmet with a PAPR system

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If you weld in an enclosed space with minimal ventilation, or you’re welding materials that emit toxic fumes, like galvanized steel, then a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) helmet is worth investing in. PHOTO courtesy ESAB.

This TECH TIPS is provided by the experts at ESAB University

Safety and protection are critical aspects of welding. Breathing in dangerous fumes is a serious hazard to your health and can lead to a range of issues.

Enter the PAPR…or the Powered Air Purifying Respirator.

With it, you can trap the finest contaminants and get a source of clean air fed into your helmet. This dramatically reduces your exposure to hazards and the dangers that can come with it.

Not everyone needs a welding helmet with a PAPR system. However, if you weld in an enclosed space with minimal ventilation, or you’re welding materials that emit toxic fumes, like galvanized steel, then a PAPR helmet is worth investing in.

Some benefits you can take advantage of include:

#1: Better protection. With a PAPR system it filters out many airborne contaminants, even the tiniest particles. Some can filter out 99.9% of contaminants during routine welding procedures.

#2: More comfortable breathing. Instead of relying on lung power, clean air is delivered via a blower into the headgear, so you can breathe easier.

#3: Protection for eyes. In addition to protecting your lungs and airways, a helmet with a PAPR will also protect your eyes and face from exposure to debris, sparks, and other common welding hazards. Yet, you’ll still get a wide field of vision with optical clarity, so you can easily see your work and your surroundings, as well as collaborate with co-workers.

#4: All-day comfort. A helmet with a PAPR system is comfortable to wear, even with long shifts and welding all day, thanks to its loose fit and continuous air flow. You can focus on your work and your weld without constant adjustments or discomfort.

#5: No annual fit test needed. Unlike other respirators, there’s no fit test required for a PAPR system since the gear is loose-fitting.

#6: Keep your beard. As a result of the fit, it can even accommodate some facial hair. You can maintain your beard while protecting your health.

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