3M 6500QL Quick-Release Half Face Respirator Mask
The 6500QL Series Half Face Respirator Mask from 3M features a quick-release feature, making it easy to put on and take off. The 6500QL Series has a very comfortable silicon face seal and a durable, low-profile design that makes it perfect for job sites that require wearing a respirator for long periods of time. Another good option would be a 3m 7500 respirator. Also, make sure to check out the 3m full face respirator and the half face resprator that offer the highest level of protection.
An improved exhalation valve helps keep the 6500QL mask cool, while the quick-release feature allows a worker to doff and don the respirator one-handed. Customized fit is achieved by adjusting the head harness assembly and elastic face adjustment straps. All 3M bayonet-style twist-on filters and cartridges will work with the 3M 6500QL Half Face Respirator.
When choosing your mask size, take into consideration your past experience purchasing hats or glasses. If you typically purchase larger or smaller sizes based on the size and shape of your face, consider doing so when selecting the size of your mask. Usually, customers with large faces or prominent noses use the large size, while the rest usually use the medium size. 3M suggests the medium mask will fit about 80% of wearers.
6501QL - Small
6502QL - Medium
6503QL - Large
|Product Weight (lbs.)||0.37|
|Protection From||Most Dusts, Lead and Asbestos, Lead, Asbestos, Organic Vapors, Chlorine (Bleach), Particulate Aerosols Free of Oil, Ammonia, Welding|
Do you have to shave in order to use the half mask respirators?1 answer
Short answer: Yes. Anything that interferes with the seal of the mask to the face either dilutes the effectiveness of the mask or does away with it completely. <br>
OSHA is very specific in the current (1998) guidelines. In section 29 CFR 1910.134(g), Use of Respirators, it states: "Facepiece seal protection. The employer shall not permit respirators with tight-fitting facepieces to be worn by employees who have: (A) Facial hair that comes between the sealing surface of the facepiece and the face or that interferes with valve function..." <br>
This includes not only beards and giant 70's-style side burns, but stubble that's long enough to get in the way of a proper fit.<br>
Here’s a link to our blog that may answer some more questions: <a href="http://blog.pksafety.com/who-cant-wear-a-respirator/"> Who Can't Wear a Respirator</a>.