Disposable respirators

  • 3M offers a wide selection of NIOSH-approved disposable filtering facepiece respirators to help protect against particulates in both oil and non-oil environments. Our respirators come with adjustable noseclips, a variety of strap types and attachments, or are valved.

    Ready to choose a specific disposable respirator? View all 3M disposable respirators on our online catalog.

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Protection that works as hard as you do

How to choose

Most disposable filtering facepiece respirators have an assigned protection factor (APF) of 10. There are some additional considerations to take when choosing which disposable respirator will work for you, such as exposure duration, NIOSH rating or comfort needs. Use our Find My Respirator tool to help you find respirator product options for your specific situation.

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    Exposure type and duration

    Disposable respirators can help protect against particulate hazards and may even be able to support you if work is done in an oily environment.

    Use our Find My Respirator tool to help you find respirator product options for your specific situation.

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    NIOSH rating

    NISOH-approved filters are identified with ratings that signify the filtration efficiency and effectiveness in certain environments.

    Use our Find My Respirator tool to help you find respirator product options for your specific situation.

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    Comfort features

    For disposable respirators, comfort features will be found in the type of elastic bands that are use, the noseclips, and, in some models, a valve to help improve breathability.

    Use our Find My Respirator tool to help you find respirator product options for your specific situation.

The importance of proper respirator fit

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    A respirator can’t give workers all the protection it was designed to provide, unless it is selected and worn correctly during all periods of exposure. That’s why 3M uses a variety of innovative technologies and features designed to enhance user comfort and help increase wear time. Disposable respirators require a good seal between the respirator and face to deliver the expected protection.

    Per user instructions, the respirator needs to be correctly positioned on your face and head:

    • Upper strap should be positioned on the crown of the head.
    • Lower strap should be positioned below the ears.
    • Noseclip should be completely molded to the shape of the nose using two hands.
    • Always conduct a user seal check.
    • Always follow the appropriate user and donning instructions for the specific model.
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Features of 3M™ Disposable Filtering Facepiece Respirators

  • Proprietary one-way valve for easy exhalation and cool comfort.

    Download Cool Flow Exhalation Valve brochure (PDF, 2.76 MB)

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    Welding web

    Unique filter media incorporating protective layers designed to be flame resistant as demonstrated per ASTM D2859-96. (Not a substitute for a faceshield.)

    Download 3M™ Disposable Respirator metalworking brochure (PDF, 561.80 KB)

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    Cake-resistant filter media

    Long-lasting, easier breathing comfort with proprietary layered filter media, specifically designed for welding.

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    Advanced electret media

    Breathe easier! Proprietary filter media allows greater air flow while capturing more contaminants in the electrostatically-charged microfibers.

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    Carbon filter material

    Greater comfort, more relief from odors, vapors and other gaseous contaminants. For nuisance level relief only. 3M recommended for relief against nuisance level acid gas or organic vapors. Nuisance levels are less than OSHA PEL or applicable government occupational exposure limits, whichever is lower.

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    P-series filter

    Get prolonged protection in oil environments, made possible with proprietary Advanced Electrostatic Media.

  • 3M Faceseal icon

    A more comfortable and secure feeling fit with this soft faceseal that conforms closely to the face.

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    Adjustable buckle straps

    Get a comfortable, secure seal fast, with a single tug.

  • 3M M-Noseclip icon

    Easily adjustable for fewer pressure points and greater comfort.

Featured products

  • Stays cooler than non-valve respirators. Our most popular valved model is suited for hot, humid environments, or for long periods of wear.

  • Advanced electrostatic media technology enhances particulate capture while reducing breathing resistance. Designed with welded strap attachment for greater durability, soft nose foam for more comfort, and adjustable noseclip to help ensure a secure custom seal.

  • This economical disposable N95 particulate respirator is designed to help provide reliable worker respiratory protection against certain non-oil base particles.

  • Designed to help provide reliable respiratory protection of at least 95% filtration efficiency against certain non-oil based particles. The unique three-panel flat fold design is collapse reistant and it's individual packaging allows for easy storage prior to use.

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