Respirators filter toxins from the air or supply fresh air from a tank or hose. The pictures below are all different type of respirators.

A respirator must be used if specified by the pesticide product labeling. Before the handler performs any handler activities where a respirator is required to be worn, the handler employer must ensure the following:

 

WPS Respiratory Protection Guide - Requirements for Employers of Pesticide Handlers

 

NIOSH Approval #TC-13F Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). Air supplied from a pressurized tank to a full-face mask. NIOSH Approval #TC-19C Supplied Air Respirator (SAR) Air supplied through an air hose from a source such as an air compressor.
NIOSH Approval #TC-14G Air Purifying full-face respirator with a canister specified for a type of chemical contaminant such as organic vapors (OV) (gas mask). NIOSH Approval #TC-84A Air Purifying full-face respirator with combination OV cartridge and N-type particulate filter.
NIOSH Approval #TC-23C Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) with OV and combination HE filters. NIOSH Approval #TC-21C Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) with particulate HE filter.
NIOSH Approval #TC-84A Air purifying half-face (elastomeric) respirator with combination OV cartridge and N-type particulate filters. NIOSH Approval #TC-84A Air purifying half-face (elastomeric) respirator with P-100 (magenta) particulate filters.
NIOSH Approval #TC-84A Filtering face-piece respirator (May be an N-, R-, or P-type particulate filter.) This is also known as a 'disposable' respirator because none of its parts are replaceable.

*Upper right image courtesy of Honeywell Industrial Safety

More detailed information is available here.

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