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How to inspect, clean and store 3M™ Reusable Respirators


• Respirator must be inspected before each use; repair or dispose of it if damaged or defective

• Check the faceseal for cracks, tears and dirt

• Examine the inhalation valves for distortion, cracking or tearing

•Check that the headstraps are intact and have good elasticity

• Examine all plastic parts and gaskets for cracking and fatigue

• Examine exhalation valve for cracks, tear, distortion, etc; replace valve if necessary

• Check lens for signs of cracking or damage; replace if necessary

Do not enter a contaminated area while wearing a damaged or defective respirator.

Cleaning and storage

Cleaning is recommended after each use.

• Remove cartridges, filters and/or breathing tubes

• Remove centre adapter, lens and faceseal, if necessary

• Clean facepiece by immersing it in warm cleaning solution

• Scrub with a soft bristle brush until clean

• Water temperature must not exceed 49º C (120º F)

• Disinfect facepiece by soaking in a solution of quaternary ammonia disinfectant, sodium hypochloride or household bleach

• Rinse in fresh, warm water and air dry in a non-contaminated atmosphere

• Place clean, dry respirator in a clean bag and store away from the contaminated area when not in use

• 3M™ Respirator Cleaning Wipes can be used for interim cleaning but must not be the only cleaning method in place