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Respiratory Protection

Respiratory safety solutions for your toughest workplace challenges - whether it’s a disposable, reusable or powered option that suits you best. Helping to provide you with protection and comfort for a range of applications and conditions. We are a pioneer in the development and manufacture of quality respiratory products and services.

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History of 3M Respiratory Solutions

  • A filtering facepiece respirator.

    3M launches first NIOSH-approved filtering facepiece respirator.

    Dec 1, 1901
  • A reusable half facepiece respirator.

    3M offers the first reusable "Maintenance-Free" Half Facepiece Respirator.

    Dec 1, 1901
  • A reusable respirator cartridge.

    3M manufactures a "sweptback" designed cartridge for its 5000 Series Facepiece for better peripheral vision and weight distribution.

    Dec 1, 1901
  • A bayonet-style cartridge connection.

    3M designs and develops the "bayonet-style" cartridge connection.

    Dec 1, 1901
  • A 4000 Series facepiece with integrated filter technology.

    3M develops and incorporates a new integrated filter technology in its 4000 Series Facepiece, creating a lighter weight respirator.

    Dec 1, 1901
  • Respirator disc filters.

    3M develops the first disc filters with loaded Web-filter media - the first nonwoven, non-fiberglass filters.

    Dec 1, 1901
  • A variety of filters and cartridges.

    3M launches the GVP that allows the wearer to choose from a wide selection of filters and cartridges.

    Dec 1, 1901
  • A 6000 Series Full Facepiece Respirator.

    3M launches its 6000 Series Full Facepiece Respirator offering best-in-class field of view and lightweight characteristics.

    Dec 1, 1901
  • A rectangular respirator filter.

    3M develops the first rectangular filter with unique seal-check capabilities.

    Dec 1, 1901
  • A respirator Cool Flow™ Valve.

    3M introduces the Cool Flow™ Valve for reduced heat and moisture in the 7500 Half Facepiece Respirator.

    Dec 1, 1901
  • A HF P100 nuisance OV filter.

    3M develops the first HF P100 nuisance OV filter. Offers lowest breathing resistance on the market.

    Dec 1, 1901
  • A 2000 Series disc filter.

    3M develops easier breathing, longer lasting 2000 Series disc filters.

    Dec 1, 1901
  • A Full Facepiece Respirator with 3M™ Scotchgard™ Coating.

    3M develops first Full Facepiece Respirator with Scotchgard™ Coating, over molded gaskets, and a comfort head cradle.

    Dec 1, 1901
  • The 3M™ Versaflo™ Powered Air Purifying and Supplied Air Respirator System TR-300.

    3M introduces the Versaflo™ TR-300 a Powered Air Purifying and Supplied Air Respirator System.

    Dec 1, 1901
  • A 3M™ Half Facepiece Respirator 6500.

    3M introduces the 6500 Half Facepiece Respirator, our lightest silicone half facepiece available in a quick latch option.

    Dec 1, 1901
  • The 3M™ Versaflo™  Powered Air Purifying Respirator TR-600.

    3M introduces the evolutionary Versaflo™ TR-600 Powered Air Purifying Respirator reaching new heights of performance with a lithium-ion battery.

    Dec 1, 1901
  • Organic vapour service life indicator cartridges.

    3M introduces Organic Vapour Service Life Indicator Cartridges 6000i Series to help users determine when to change cartridges.

    Dec 1, 1901

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