What exactly is PAPR and why is it so effective?

In the Code of Practice How to safely remove asbestos Code of Practice 2011 it specifies that workers who are completing wet stripping of friable asbestos and small-scale dry stripping operations are to wear a PAPR with a P3 filter. Sound confusing? Below is a basic guide on PAPR.

 

 

So what exactly is a PAPR?

 

PAPR stands for powered air-purifying respirator. It is basically a high tech respirator designed to guard workers against air contaminated with products like asbestos.

 

 

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So how does PAPR work?

 

The user wears a hood or a full face mask with a belt pack that contains a battery driven fan and filters. The fan draws ambient air in through the filters, cleaning the air and then this passes into the user’s hood or mask. The user breathes this air in and then used air is discarded through diaphragms in the mask.

 

 

So why is PAPR so much more effective than P3 full face?

 

With a normal full face mask that contains a particulate filter, when the user inhales this creates a negative pressure inside the mask. When this negative pressure is created there is a chance that contaminated air will enter in through the seal around the mask and the contaminated air will enter the user’s respiratory system. Full face non PAPR is always relying on the seal to be 100% perfect- which when workers are sweating and constantly moving around is hard to create.

With PAPR the negative pressure is eliminated and the risk of contaminated air leaking in through the face piece is reduced.

 

 

What are the benefits of PAPR?

 

Apart from providing a higher level of protection for workers, PAPR’s also have the following attributes:

  • Workload is reduced due to the decrease in breathing resistance when wearing PAPR
  • The fan pushing air into the hood or mask cools the workers forehead down
  • Comfort and high level of protection

 

What we need to remember when selecting a PAPR?

 

When selecting PAPR or any other sort of respirator thought must go into selecting the most suitable option. We consider the following factors:

  • The contaminant to be controlled (asbestos, organic matter, spray paint particulates)
  • Hazardous conditions such as low oxygen levels or flammable environments
  • Other hazards the PAPR may create
  • User comfort
  • Manufacturer specifications for the PAPR

By also completing a suitable risk assessment and bringing in controls through the hierarchy of controls we make the work area and the user as safe as possible.

 

Where does Pro Safety and Training come in?

 

Our asbestos removal training courses utilize the most up to date PPE, RPE and equipment. In particular our remove friable asbestos course uses real PAPR during the practical assessment so you can be sure you have the knowledge and experience selecting and wearing PAPR in the real world.

To book into our high quality asbestos training courses in Brisbane call 1300 338 776.

 

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