My Dust Mask

Article - August 1, 2007

This week’s question comes from Tom. He writes:

Did FWW require you to wear the respirator? I wear one as needed but not for every operation. I don’t recall seeing you wear it in previous episodes. Norm doesn’t regularly wear one. Just curious.

And here was my reply:
respiratorHey Tom. I wear my respirator just about any time I make dust. I never wear a dust mask simply because the respirator is more comfortable and much more effective at keeping the dust out of my lungs. A dust mask would be fine for most people in most situations. I just find the full respirator to be much more comfortable over long periods of time. It may be overkill at times, but there’s nothing wrong with a little overkill when it comes to your lungs. :) And one quick bit of advice: I definitely wouldn’t use woodworkers on TV as a model for your personal safety habits. I recommend doing your research and deciding for yourself how much protection is necessary. I tend to be a bit of a hypochondriac and I think my safety habits tend to reflect that.

Below you’ll find a link to the 3M 7500 Respirator I use. The size that fits my face is Large.

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