For those in Scotland and requiring dust masks and respirators for the workplace, PPE Industrial Supplies can help find you the right tools for the job.
It’s important to know the difference between a dust mask and a respirator, as you don’t want to confuse one with the other. Quite simply, dust masks should only be used for filtering out particulates, perhaps when you are sanding, grinding, cutting wood, or anything that creates dust in the air. If, instead, you want to filter out any chemical gas, spray paint or particulates of that nature, use a respirator.
PPE Industrial Supplies offer many different types of each - visit us online or in person at our store to find out more.
Dust masks are required in a range of industries, including agriculture, woodworking and construction. They come in a great many shapes and sizes to suit your requirements and offer maximum comfort.
You may simply need some basic, disposable dust masks, like these Brand comfort masks. For something with more longevity, options include this Brand premium valved mask which is Dolomite clogging tested, for better breathing resistance and for a longer time period. We also offer a range of dust masks from 3M, including this dust mask which provides respiratory protection against low levels of fine dusts and mists, and has yellow colour coded straps denoting FFP1 protection level.
We also stock dust masks from Moldex, like this real reusable facemask with a washable full face seal and secure fit comparable to a half mask. It has an AirWave® pleated filter for comfortable breathing and fatigue-free work.
Scotland has lower temperatures than the rest of the UK. Thermal insulation needs for dust masks and respirators vary between the North Sea and the Atlantic coasts, given western Scotland’s milder climate. The Highlands have heavier rainfalls and snowfalls, which call for higher levels of weather resistance in dust masks and respirators. Each Scottish economic sector also has specific requirements; technology firms in Edinburgh or Glasgow, the oil and gas industries of Aberdeen or agriculture and brewing across Scotland demand different dust masks and respirators. At PPE, we provide a wide range of dust masks and respirators to accommodate the needs of different activities and weather conditions.
Respirators are required to avoid breathing in harmful particulates and gases, like sulphur dioxide, ammonia and organic ammonia derivatives.
Our selection of respirators are comfortable to wear and can come with replaceable filters to ensure maximum protection at all times. We offer half masks, like this 3M / Scott Safety half mask, which includes an Aviva 40 half mask respirator & filter. We also offer full face protection with our respirators.
Vision is Scott Health & Safety’s latest high performance full face respirator. This breathing mask provides an unsurpassed field of vision and guarantees levels of protection and maintainability that set new standards in the industry.
For those working in construction, the problem of asbestos is ever present. Appropriate respirators to avoid breathing in asbestos fibres are marked FFP3, and include this half mask from Moldex.
Respirators need to have a tight fit to your face in order to function correctly, otherwise you could be breathing the very air you wish to avoid. That’s why you should look for respirators marked as FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3. FFP2 in the UK is equivalent to N95 face masks more commonly seen in the USA.
If you want to make sure you are buying the correct dust mask or respirator for your workplace needs, we’re more than happy to chat with you and advise when required. For those working in areas in Scotland that require respiratory protection, we offer excellent products that you can trust to perform superbly, and which are also comfortable to wear.
To find out more about your options and to chat about your requirements, please get in touch or pop into our store.