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Old 04-19-2002, 12:53 PM
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Respirator Requirements


I've done some searching here and found a lot of posts about having to wear a respirator when working with certain types of handle materials.

Is there a certain type of respirator that should be used? I've noticed that there are different types of filters for the respirators and want to make sure that I get the appropriate protection.

I'll be working with micarta if that helps.


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Old 04-19-2002, 03:59 PM
george tichbourne
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Any respirator rated for dust and mists with a NIOSH stamp is adequate if ...I say IF you can get a good fit with it. Beards defeat the cheaper models but a more sturdy rubber base model can be used if the straps are tight enough. If not use an air supplied model.
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Old 04-19-2002, 04:50 PM
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Micarta puts off phenol and formaldehyde gas, a regular organic vapor cartridge wont protect you completely.
Get dual rated cartridges, organic vapor/formaldehyde.
That stuff can absorb through the skin, so vacuum off as soon as possible after grinding.
It is a good idea to use a respirator while grinding most knife related products. A small price to pay for good long term health.
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Old 04-19-2002, 08:05 PM
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go to they have a large selection of dual purpose cartrages. I think they also have an area explaining on proper fit testing.
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Old 04-22-2002, 11:18 AM
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Thanks for your help everyone. I appreciate your interest in preserving my lungs

Have a good one.

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