9000 Series Fitting Instructions 

Please watch the 9000 respirator training video.

See instructions for, 9000 Series Respirator Instruction Manual.

1. Read instructions on respirator bag or see fit poster for proper fitting.

2. Users must follow instructions each time respirator is worn.

3. OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.134 (f) requires that the user be fit tested.

4. Do not wear with any facial hair, such as beards, or any other facial features
which may prevent a proper fit.

5. If you cannot obtain a proper fit, do not enter the contaminated area and see
your supervisor

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9000 Series Respirator Fit Testing (5)

A great amount of care goes into the design and manufacture of all respirators to provide the greatest amount of protection possible. It is just as important to ensure that the respirator fits properly on the user. This requires that the face to facepiece seal be properly checked.

There are two basic fit test methods for evaluating the face to facepiece seal. These methods are qualitative and quantitative fit tests. Test agents are used to detect whether the wearer is getting the proper face to facepiece seal with the chosen respirator.

A qualitative or quantitative fit test must be performed before a respirator is assigned. Refer to current OSHA and/or NIOSH regulations, current ANSI Standards and all other applicable regulations for complete details.

The qualitative test relies on the subject’s voluntary or involuntary response, i.e., taste, smell or irritation to the test agent. If the subject detects the test agent at any time during the test, the respirator does not fit properly. The test agents now approved by OSHA are irritant smoke, isoamyl acetate (banana oil), saccharin, and BITREX® (Denatonium Benzoate). The qualitative method used by Moldex is BITREX®. BITREX® can be used to fit test any of our respirators. It is a harmless bitter aerosol which is very noticeable if it penetrates the seal of the respirator.

The quantitative test measures the concentration of a test agent within the respirator facepiece and does not depend on a subject’s voluntary or involuntary response to the challenge agent. The quantitative tests approved by OSHA are Portacount, and Controlled Negative Pressure (CNP). Moldex supports either method.

Warning: The user must ensure compliance with the necessary elements of a comprehensive respiratory protection program including OSHA 1910.134 and/or state or local regulations as appropriate, prior to fit testing. This includes but is not limited to proper testing and medical surveillance.

A. FIT TEST POLICY
1. OSHA requires that a respirator must be fit tested before it can be issued to a user in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.134 (f).
2. Fit testing ensures that a respirator fits each individual wearer and is not the same as a user seal check.
3. A new fit test must be conducted any time the user changes respirator models or sizes.
4. The test subject must be clean-shaven. Do not test a subject with a beard or other facial hair, which prevents contact between the face and the seal of the respirator.
5. Users must follow the instructions each time the respirator is worn.
6. If you cannot obtain a proper fit do not enter the contaminated area and see your supervisor.
7. Other PPE must not interfere with face to facepiece seal.

B. TEST FREQUENCY AND TYPE
1. Quantitative or Qualitative fit tests will be performed at the time of initial fitting and at least every 12 months, or more frequently if required by a substance specific OSHA regulation or other regulation, for each employee who wears a negative pressure respirator.

C. STANDARD REQUIREMENTS
1. The test administrator will explain the test procedures in detail to the test subject before any testing takes place.

2. The test subject will wear the respirator for at least 5 minutes before starting the fit test.

3. This procedure should only be PART of the employee’s total respiratory training. The employee must be properly trained on how to put on the respirator prior to the application of this testing procedure.

Before performing a Fit Test, instruct the user how to properly fit the respirator and to perform a user seal check. Instructions are provided for both Moldex disposables and the 7000/7800 Series Reusable Respirators.

D. USER SEAL CHECK
1. A seal check is required each time the respirator is donned and prior to entering a contaminated area.
2. A seal check is performed by the wearer to determine if it has properly sealed before entering a contaminated area.
3. The seal check does not take the place of fit testing.

E. USER SEAL CHECK INSTRUCTIONS
Refer to appropriate chapter for 9000 Series (VIII).

WARNING: If you cannot obtain a proper fit, do not enter the contaminated area and see your supervisor. Entry into a contaminated area with an improper fit may result in sickness or death.

F. APPROVALS
1. Review NIOSH/DHHS label in approval section of disposable respirator box or bag or NIOSH Matrix with cartridges or filters.


G. CANADIAN LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

[For specific details for Canada, refer to CAN/CSA Z94.4-11 Respiratory Protection]

The following are significant differences that apply to Moldex Products

• Fit testing is required every two years in Canada as opposed to 1 year in the US.
• Each exercise must be carried out for at least 30 seconds. In the US, 1 minute is required.
• Quantitative Fit Testing does not require the grimace exercise in Canada whereas it is required in the US.
• Health Surveillance Questionnaire is more detailed in the US standard.

Additional Notes:

• A safety factor of 20 is applied to quarter mask supplied air respirators, this is not applied as such in the US.
• Breathing gas for SCBA uses a Canadian standard.
• SCBAs for emergency use are not required to be inspected monthly in Canada as they are in the US.
• Discarding of air in SCBA cylinders is required in Canada if they have not been used in any 12 month period. This is not required in the US.

 

 

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Moldex 9000 Series Respirator User Instructions and Warnings

A. APPLICATIONS

1. USE AGAINST:
a. Contaminants specified on NIOSH approval label, matrix, cartridges or filters and in accordance with all limitations and applicable safety and health regulations, including OSHA.

b. Contaminants with good warning properties, i.e. smell, taste or irritation.

2. DO NOT USE AGAINST:
a. Concentrations of contaminants which are unknown, or are immediately dangerous to life or health.

b. Concentrations of contaminants which exceed the maximum use concentration or 10X the OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL), whichever is lower, or according to applicable government regulations for half mask respirators. For the 9000, when qualitatively fit tested, or 50X the PEL when quantitatively fit tested, or according to applicable government regulations.

c. Gases or vapors with poor warning properties or those which generate high heats of reaction or paint sprays containing isocyanates.

d. Sandblasting.

e. Oil-based mists with N filters.

3. WARNING TO USER:
a. Follow all instructions and warnings on the use of these respirators and wear during all times of exposure. Failure to do so will reduce respirator effectiveness, wearer protection, and may result in sickness or death.

b. For proper use, ask your supervisor or call +1 (800) 421-0688 or +1 (310) 837-6500, ext. 512/550 or email tech@moldex.com.

c. The user must first be trained by the employer in proper respirator use, in accordance with applicable safety and health standards, for the contaminant and exposure level in the assigned work area. A written Respiratory Training Program must be in place and followed by each user before first use. It must meet all requirements of all applicable standards, including OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134, and in Canada Z 94.4, e.g. training, fit testing, medical evaluation, and applicable OSHA substance specific standards.

d. The vapors, gases, dusts, mists, fumes, and other contaminants which can be dangerous to your health include those which you cannot see, taste, or smell.

e. Check with your supervisor for the appropriate cartridges and/or filters for the contaminants in your work area.

f. A qualitative or quantitative fit test for half mask respirators must be performed before a respirator is assigned. For the 9000, a qualitative fit test for up to 10X PEL, or quantitative fit test, for up to 50X PEL, must be performed before a respirator is assigned. Refer to current OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134 (f).

g. This respirator, when combined with the appropriate filter, offers nuisance level relief from organic vapors and acid gases that are below the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL). Nuisance level refers to concentrations not exceeding the OSHA PEL or other government occupational exposure limits, whichever is lower.

4. RESTRICTIONS:
a. This respirator does not supply oxygen and must not be used in atmospheres containing less than 19.5% oxygen.

b. Do not remain in contaminated area if any physical distress occurs, for example breathing difficulty, dizziness or nausea.

c. Leave contaminated area and replace respirator and/or cartridge or filter if it is damaged, distorted, a proper fit cannot be obtained, you taste, smell or become irritated by contaminants, or breathing becomes difficult.

d. Do not alter, modify, or abuse this respirator.

e. Store respirator in sealed bag in a clean, dry, non-contaminated area.

f. Dispose of facepiece, and/or cartridges and disks/filters according to your employer’s policy and local regulations.

g. N, R or P filters are required for particulates.

h. Where oil mists are present, either alone or in combination with solid particulates, do not use the R or P filters for longer than one eight-hour work shift. Dispose no later than eight hours after first use. Do not exceed 10X PEL (50x the PEL for the 9000 when it has been quantitatively fit tested.) or a total of 200 mg loading per respirator, whichever is lower. It is the user’s responsibility to know the PEL and concentration of the contaminant, the maximum work rate of the employee, and any other work site-specific information to calculate the loading of the filter. Where oil mists are present do not use N filters.

i. Where NO oil mists are present, dispose of all cartridges and N, R, and P filters no later than 30 days after first use, and/or removing from sealed package, whichever occurs first.

j. Use cartridges, filters, and facepieces before the “use by” expiration date printed on box or bag.

k. If used for welding, wear appropriate eye and face protection.

5. NIOSH CAUTIONS AND LIMITATIONS:
The following restrictions may apply. See NIOSH Approval Label.

A. Not for use in atmospheres containing less than 19.5% oxygen.

B. Not for use in atmospheres immediately dangerous to life or health.

C. Do not exceed maximum use concentrations established by regulatory standards.

H. Follow established cartridge change schedules to ensure that cartridges are replaced before breakthrough occurs.

J. Failure to properly use and maintain this product could result in injury or death.

L. Follow the manufacturer’s User’s Instructions for changing cartridges, and/or filters.

M. All approved respirators shall be selected, fitted, used, and maintained in accordance with MSHA, OSHA, and other applicable regulations.

N. Never substitute, modify, add, or omit parts. Use only exact replacement parts in the configuration as specified by the manufacturer.

O. Refer to User’s Instructions, and/or maintenance manuals for information on use and maintenance of these respirators.

P. NIOSH does not evaluate respirators for use as surgical masks.

S. Special or critical user’s Instructions and/or specific use limitations apply. Refer to User’s Instructions before donning.

B. PRE-INSPECTION
Inspect your respirator before and after wearing. Do not wear, and return to your supervisor if:

1. Head harness is torn, cut, or damaged in any way, or if head straps are torn, cut, or have lost elasticity.

2. Buckles or head cradle are missing, damaged or broken.

3. Facepiece is cracked, torn, distorted, dirty, or has holes.

4. Inhalation/Exhalation diaphragms and/or gaskets are missing, torn, damaged, or not properly seated.

5. Cartridges are at the end of their service life, cracked, damaged, or not properly seated.

6. Any other plastic or rubber part is cracked, distorted, or damaged.

C. APPROVALS
1. Review NIOSH labels on appropriate approval matrix.

D. FIT TEST POLICY / FITTING INSTRUCTIONS
A qualitative or quantitative fit test must be performed before a respirator is assigned. Refer to current OSHA and/or NIOSH regulations, current ANSI Standards, and all other applicable regulations for complete details.

Qualitative fit testing can be performed using BITREX® with appropriate cartridges or filters.
Quantitative fit testing can be performed with cartridges fitted with probes. (This will be covered in Chapters X & XI.)

1. Users must follow instructions each time respirator is worn.

2. OSHA regulations 29 CFR 1910.134 (f) requires that the user be fit tested.

3. If you cannot obtain a proper fit, do not enter the contaminated area and see your supervisor.

4. Fit testing ensures that a respirator fits each individual wearer and is not the same as a user seal check.

5. A new fit test must be conducted any time the user changes respirator models or sizes. Also see OSHA 29CFR 1910.134.

6. See appropriate Chapter (VI, VII or VIII as appropriate) and 7000/7800/8000/9000 Instruction Manual for proper fitting instructions.

7. The test subject must be clean-shaven. Do not test a subject with a beard or other facial hair, which prevents contact between the face and the seal of the respirator.

E. CARTRIDGES

1. CHEMICAL CARTRIDGE SERVICE LIFE
Leave contaminated area, and replace cartridges, if you smell, taste, or feel any irritation, in your nose or throat. Consult your supervisor. Replace according to your changeout schedule per OSHA 1910.134, or no more than eight hours after first use, or sooner if breakthrough occurs. Dispose of all cartridges no later than thirty days after first use.


F. CHANGE OUT SCHEDULES

OSHA 1910.134 (d) requires that the employer implement a change out schedule for cartridges based on objective information or data that will ensure cartridges are changed before the end of their service life (see OSHA 1910.134 for complete text). A cartridge’s useful service life is how long it provides adequate protection from harmful chemicals in the air. The service life of a cartridge depends on many factors, including environmental conditions, breathing rate, cartridge filtering capacity and the amount of contaminants in the air.

If you know what the chemical is and how much of it you are exposed to, then you are ready to estimate how long your respirator cartridges will work and apply the safety factor.

You must use some type of objective data to develop a change out schedule. Options for determining a cartridge’s service life include:

1. Conducting experimental tests.
2. Using a mathematical model https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/respiratory/index.html

OSHA has on its website other means of calculating breakthrough times for various chemicals. You may also wish to consider use of this website in developing your change out schedules. Be advised that actual service life can vary considerably from those calculated using these methods. These methods only provide rough estimates. Some of the data you will need specific to the Moldex cartridges in order to use the models on the OSHA website are:

• #7100 has an adsorbing equivalent of 42.5 grams Organic Vapor Carbon, its height is
2.18 cm, inside diameter is 7.78 cm.

• #7600 has an adsorbing equivalent of 36.0 grams Organic Vapor Carbon, it’s height is
2.18 cm, inside diameter is 7.78 cm.

• A change out schedule worksheet is provided.

CARTRIDGE DETAILS

READ THIS WARNING

These weights were estimated by Assay Technologies using methods based on their tests. It is suggested that you use default values provided by OSHA for the other cartridge specific parameters. Lastly, in order for the OSHA models to be used you may have to provide other pertinent data on the challenge agent which may be found on the SDS or from the chemical manufacturer. These methods can be found at: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/respiratory/change_schedule.html.

They are called “Respirator Change Schedules.”Moldex suggests that you use the OSHA methods, or other means provided by OSHA. Moldex always recommends that you utilize the most conservative (shortest) breakthrough times. Moldex recommends that you use any of the methods only for the contaminants contained in the Moldex Chemical Selection Guide. For more detailed information on these methods, refer to OSHA’s website at:
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/respiratory/advisor_genius_nrdl/work_categories.html
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/respiratory/change_schedule_mathmodel.html

For more information on NIOSH multi-vapor prtrtogram, refer to website at:
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/multivapor/multivapor.html

If you have any questions please feel free to call Moldex Technical Services at +1 (800) 421-0668 or +1 (310) 837-6500, ext. 512/550.

CARTRIDGE CHANGE OUT
SCHEDULE WORKSHEET
Duties / Job Classification:
Location:

CHEMICAL INFORMATION
(FROM MSDS OR MANUFACTURER)
Chemical: Exposure Limit:
Maximum Concentration:
Boiling Point:
Molecular Weight: Liquid Density:
Vapor Pressure:
Molecular Polarization: Refractive
Index:

WORKSITE CONDITIONS
Maximum Expected Temperature (ºC): Expected Relative
Humidity (%)*:
Work Rate:
Number of Shifts/Week:
Hours Cartridge Used/Shift:

DATA FOR #7100 AND #7600 CARTRIDGES
# of Cartridges: 2
#7100 Adsorbing Equivalent (grams): 42.5
#7100 & #7600 Cartridge Bed Height (cm): 2.18
#7600 Adsorbing Equivalent (grams): 36.0
#7100 & #7600 Bed Diameter (cm): 7.78

Service Life Estimate:

Basis Used:
Cartridge Change Out Schedule Every:
Hours:
After Each Shift:
Other:

This form may be used to assist you in developing a change out schedule when using #7100 or #7600 cartridges for protection against organic vapors. Be advised, this is simply a tool to help you collect some of the pertinent data in developing a change out schedule. It is your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of the schedules that you develop for each operation and work site.

*Moldex suggests that you use a range and use the lowest predicted breakthrough.

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8000 Quantitative Fit Test Form, PortaCount Loan Program Request Form and Probed Cartridge Test Instruction

Following are the forms that should be used when performing a quantitative fit test or when borrowing any of the PORTACOUNT equipment. Also listed are the instructions for the Probed Cartridge Test. Please read them carefully.

A. PORTACOUNT LOAN PROGRAM

1. To borrow a Moldex PORTACOUNT read the Policies and Requirements memorandum.

2. Fill out the Request Form.

3. Fax it back to Moldex Technical Services, who will process your request and then contact you via telephone.

B. 8006 PROBED CARTRIDGE KIT INSTRUCTION

1. To quantitatively fit test the Moldex 8000 Respirator follow the Probed Kit instructions.

C. 7006 PROBED CARTRIDGE KIT INSTRUCTIONS

1. To quantitatively fit test the Moldex 7000, 7800 or 9000 series respirators.

D. PORTACOUNT FIT TEST RECORD

1. Fill out the top half of the form.

2. Begin performing the fit test and enter the fit factor for each exercise.

3. After the test record the overall fit factor. If the subject received a 100 or greater this is considered a Pass, for a half facepiece respirator. 500 or greater for full face respirator an APF at 50.

4. The person performing the test should sign the form.

5. The employee should also sign the form once a Pass has been achieved, and they have been fully instructed on the use of Moldex respirators.

E. RESPIRATORY FIT TEST CARD

1. Once an employee has passed the fit test and been assigned a respirator, fill out the Respiratory Fit Test Card and issue it to the employee.

2. The employee should retain this card as proof that they have been properly fit tested.

F. CERTIFICATE OF RESPIRATORY TRAINING

1. When an employee has been fit tested, trained and assigned a respirator fill out the certificate completely with all of the appropriate information.

2. Have the employee sign the certificate.

3. Issue the certificate to the employee.

4. Keep a signed copy in the employee’s record or with the company’s RespiratoryProgram records.

 

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8000 Portacount® Quantitative Fit Testing

The PortaCount is an instrument to be used to perform quantitative fit testing. A quantitative Fit Test is an assessment of the adequacy of respirator fit by numerically measuring the amount of leakage into the respirator. The PortaCount can be used to fit test the 7000/7800/8000/9000 series and any disposable filtering facepiece respirator.

For 8000 Series, use 8006 (you must use the correct probed cartridge. They are prominently marked). A probed cartridge with P100 filter will be attached to one side of the 8000 facepiece; the other side will have a regular P100 filter (see Appendix B for 8006 Instructions). You must perform the fit test in this configuration even though the user will be using other cartridges in the field. This is accepted practice since you are only testing the face to facepiece seal, and not the efficacy of the filtration. Filtration has already been validated through the NIOSH approval. Once a facepiece is chosen for a particular employee, they can take the facepiece they were tested on to be used in the field, if appropriate. All they will need to do is attach the appropriate cartridges to the facepiece.

To perform a fit test on Moldex disposables, you will have to probe the appropriate respirator. You should perform the fit test on the same model and size that the employee intends to use in the field. After each test, the respirator should be discarded and a new one used for the next employee. These probed respirators may not be used in the work environment. Although this will result in some added cost for the employer, it generally only needs to be done once per year.

See Appendix D for the PortaCount Pro – 8030 and 8038 instruction manual. A copy is also included with the PortaCount when you order it through our Loan Program. When you wish to use the PortaCount and you will be ordering it from Moldex Technical Services, +1 (800) 421-0668, ext. 512/550. We suggest that you order it to arrive a few days in advance of when you will actually perform fit testing so that you can go through all the instructions and work with the unit, we suggest that you perform fit testing on yourself or someone else with the 8000 and a few models of Moldex disposables to become very familiar with the instruments before you actually use them in the field.

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8000 Series Fitting Instructions 

See instructions on bag, 8000 Series Respirator Instruction Manual.

1. Read instructions on respirator bag or see fit poster for proper fitting.

2. Users must follow instructions each time respirator is worn.

3. OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.134 (f) requires that the user be fit tested.

4. Do not wear with any facial hair, such as beards, or any other facial features
which may prevent a proper fit.

5. If you cannot obtain a proper fit, do not enter the contaminated area and see
your supervisor

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8000 Series Respirator Fit Testing (5)

A great amount of care goes into the design and manufacture of all respirators to provide the greatest amount of protection possible. It is just as important to ensure that the respirator fits properly on the user. This requires that the face to facepiece seal be properly checked.

There are two basic fit test methods for evaluating the face to facepiece seal. These methods are qualitative and quantitative fit tests. Test agents are used to detect whether the wearer is getting the proper face to facepiece seal with the chosen respirator.

A qualitative or quantitative fit test must be performed before a respirator is assigned. Refer to current OSHA and/or NIOSH regulations, current ANSI Standards and all other applicable regulations for complete details.

The qualitative test relies on the subject’s voluntary or involuntary response, i.e., taste, smell or irritation to the test agent. If the subject detects the test agent at any time during the test, the respirator does not fit properly. The test agents now approved by OSHA are irritant smoke, isoamyl acetate (banana oil), saccharin, and BITREX® (Denatonium Benzoate). The qualitative method used by Moldex is BITREX®. BITREX® can be used to fit test any of our respirators. It is a harmless bitter aerosol which is very noticeable if it penetrates the seal of the respirator.

The quantitative test measures the concentration of a test agent within the respirator facepiece and does not depend on a subject’s voluntary or involuntary response to the challenge agent. The quantitative tests approved by OSHA are Portacount, and Controlled Negative Pressure (CNP). Moldex supports either method.

Warning: The user must ensure compliance with the necessary elements of a comprehensive respiratory protection program including OSHA 1910.134 and/or state or local regulations as appropriate, prior to fit testing. This includes but is not limited to proper testing and medical surveillance.

A. FIT TEST POLICY
1. OSHA requires that a respirator must be fit tested before it can be issued to a user in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.134 (f).
2. Fit testing ensures that a respirator fits each individual wearer and is not the same as a user seal check.
3. A new fit test must be conducted any time the user changes respirator models or sizes.
4. The test subject must be clean-shaven. Do not test a subject with a beard or other facial hair, which prevents contact between the face and the seal of the respirator.
5. Users must follow the instructions each time the respirator is worn.
6. If you cannot obtain a proper fit do not enter the contaminated area and see your supervisor.
7. Other PPE must not interfere with face to facepiece seal.

B. TEST FREQUENCY AND TYPE
1. Quantitative or Qualitative fit tests will be performed at the time of initial fitting and at least every 12 months, or more frequently if required by a substance specific OSHA regulation or other regulation, for each employee who wears a negative pressure respirator.

C. STANDARD REQUIREMENTS
1. The test administrator will explain the test procedures in detail to the test subject before any testing takes place.

2. The test subject will wear the respirator for at least 5 minutes before starting the fit test.

3. This procedure should only be PART of the employee’s total respiratory training. The employee must be properly trained on how to put on the respirator prior to the application of this testing procedure.

Before performing a Fit Test, instruct the user how to properly fit the respirator and to perform a user seal check. Instructions are provided for both Moldex disposables and the 8000 Series Reusable Respirator.

D. USER SEAL CHECK
1. A seal check is required each time the respirator is donned and prior to entering a contaminated area.
2. A seal check is performed by the wearer to determine if it has properly sealed before entering a contaminated area.
3. The seal check does not take the place of fit testing.

E. USER SEAL CHECK INSTRUCTIONS
Refer to appropriate chapter for 8000 Series (Section 4).

WARNING: If you cannot obtain a proper fit, do not enter the contaminated area and see your supervisor. Entry into a contaminated area with an improper fit may result in sickness or death.

F. APPROVALS
1. Review NIOSH/DHHS label in approval section of disposable respirator box or bag or NIOSH Matrix with cartridges or filters.

(INSERT IMAGE – SAMPLE LABEL)


G. CANADIAN LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

[For specific details for Canada, refer to CAN/CSA Z94.4-11 Respiratory Protection]

The following are significant differences that apply to Moldex Products

• Fit testing is required every two years in Canada as opposed to 1 year in the US.
• Each exercise must be carried out for at least 30 seconds. In the US, 1 minute is required.
• Quantitative Fit Testing does not require the grimace exercise in Canada whereas it is required in the US.
• Health Surveillance Questionnaire is more detailed in the US standard.

Additional Notes:

• A safety factor of 20 is applied to quarter mask supplied air respirators, this is not applied as such in the US.
• Breathing gas for SCBA uses a Canadian standard.
• SCBAs for emergency use are not required to be inspected monthly in Canada as they are in the US.
• Discarding of air in SCBA cylinders is required in Canada if they have not been used in any 12 month period. This is not required in the US.

 

 

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Moldex 8000 Series Respirator User Instructions and Warnings

A. APPLICATIONS

1. USE AGAINST:
a. Contaminants specified on NIOSH approval label, matrix, cartridges or filters and in accordance with all limitations and applicable safety and health regulations, including OSHA.

b. Contaminants with good warning properties, i.e. smell, taste or irritation.

2. DO NOT USE AGAINST:
a. Concentrations of contaminants which are unknown, or are immediately dangerous to life or health.

b. Concentrations of contaminants which exceed the maximum use concentration or 10X the OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL), whichever is lower, or according to applicable government regulations for half mask respirators. For the 9000, when qualitatively fit tested, or 50X the PEL when quantitatively fit tested, or according to applicable government regulations.

c. Gases or vapors with poor warning properties or those which generate high heats of reaction or paint sprays containing isocyanates.

d. Sandblasting.

e. Oil-based mists with N filters.

3. WARNING TO USER:
a. Follow all instructions and warnings on the use of these respirators and wear during all times of exposure. Failure to do so will reduce respirator effectiveness, wearer protection, and may result in sickness or death.

b. For proper use, ask your supervisor or call +1 (800) 421-0688 or +1 (310) 837-6500, ext. 512/550 or email tech@moldex.com.

c. The user must first be trained by the employer in proper respirator use, in accordance with applicable safety and health standards, for the contaminant and exposure level in the assigned work area. A written Respiratory Training Program must be in place and followed by each user before first use. It must meet all requirements of all applicable standards, including OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134, and in Canada Z 94.4, e.g. training, fit testing, medical evaluation, and applicable OSHA substance specific standards.

d. The vapors, gases, dusts, mists, fumes, and other contaminants which can be dangerous to your health include those which you cannot see, taste, or smell.

e. Check with your supervisor for the appropriate cartridges and/or filters for the contaminants in your work area.

f. A qualitative or quantitative fit test for half mask respirators must be performed before a respirator is assigned. For the 9000, a qualitative fit test for up to 10X PEL, or quantitative fit test, for up to 50X PEL, must be performed before a respirator is assigned. Refer to current OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134 (f).

g. This respirator, when combined with the appropriate filter, offers nuisance level relief from organic vapors and acid gases that are below the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL). Nuisance level refers to concentrations not exceeding the OSHA PEL or other government occupational exposure limits, whichever is lower.

4. RESTRICTIONS:
a. This respirator does not supply oxygen and must not be used in atmospheres containing less than 19.5% oxygen.

b. Do not remain in contaminated area if any physical distress occurs, for example breathing difficulty, dizziness or nausea.

c. Leave contaminated area and replace respirator and/or cartridge or filter if it is damaged, distorted, a proper fit cannot be obtained, you taste, smell or become irritated by contaminants, or breathing becomes difficult.

d. Do not alter, modify, or abuse this respirator.

e. Store respirator in sealed bag in a clean, dry, non-contaminated area.

f. Dispose of facepiece, and/or cartridges and disks/filters according to your employer’s policy and local regulations.

g. N, R or P filters are required for particulates.

h. Where oil mists are present, either alone or in combination with solid particulates, do not use the R or P filters for longer than one eight-hour work shift. Dispose no later than eight hours after first use. Do not exceed 10X PEL (50x the PEL for the 9000 when it has been quantitatively fit tested.) or a total of 200 mg loading per respirator, whichever is lower. It is the user’s responsibility to know the PEL and concentration of the contaminant, the maximum work rate of the employee, and any other work site-specific information to calculate the loading of the filter. Where oil mists are present do not use N filters.

i. Where NO oil mists are present, dispose of all cartridges and N, R, and P filters no later than 30 days after first use, and/or removing from sealed package, whichever occurs first.

j. Use cartridges, filters, and facepieces before the “use by” expiration date printed on box or bag.

k. If used for welding, wear appropriate eye and face protection.

5. NIOSH CAUTIONS AND LIMITATIONS:
The following restrictions may apply. See NIOSH Approval Label.

A. Not for use in atmospheres containing less than 19.5% oxygen.

B. Not for use in atmospheres immediately dangerous to life or health.

C. Do not exceed maximum use concentrations established by regulatory standards.

H. Follow established cartridge change schedules to ensure that cartridges are replaced before breakthrough occurs.

J. Failure to properly use and maintain this product could result in injury or death.

L. Follow the manufacturer’s User’s Instructions for changing cartridges, and/or filters.

M. All approved respirators shall be selected, fitted, used, and maintained in accordance with MSHA, OSHA, and other applicable regulations.

N. Never substitute, modify, add, or omit parts. Use only exact replacement parts in the configuration as specified by the manufacturer.

O. Refer to User’s Instructions, and/or maintenance manuals for information on use and maintenance of these respirators.

P. NIOSH does not evaluate respirators for use as surgical masks.

S. Special or critical user’s Instructions and/or specific use limitations apply. Refer to User’s Instructions before donning.

B. PRE-INSPECTION
Inspect your respirator before and after wearing. Do not wear, and return to your supervisor if:

1. Head harness is torn, cut, or damaged in any way, or if head straps are torn, cut, or have lost elasticity.

2. Buckles or head cradle are missing, damaged or broken.

3. Facepiece is cracked, torn, distorted, dirty, or has holes.

4. Inhalation/Exhalation diaphragms and/or gaskets are missing, torn, damaged, or not properly seated.

5. Cartridges are at the end of their service life, cracked, damaged, or not properly seated.

6. Any other plastic or rubber part is cracked, distorted, or damaged.

C. APPROVALS
1. Review NIOSH labels on appropriate approval matrix.

D. FIT TEST POLICY / FITTING INSTRUCTIONS
A qualitative or quantitative fit test must be performed before a respirator is assigned. Refer to current OSHA and/or NIOSH regulations, current ANSI Standards, and all other applicable regulations for complete details.

Qualitative fit testing can be performed using BITREX® with appropriate cartridges or filters.
Quantitative fit testing can be performed with cartridges fitted with probes. (This will be covered in Chapters X & XI.)

1. Users must follow instructions each time respirator is worn.

2. OSHA regulations 29 CFR 1910.134 (f) requires that the user be fit tested.

3. If you cannot obtain a proper fit, do not enter the contaminated area and see your supervisor.

4. Fit testing ensures that a respirator fits each individual wearer and is not the same as a user seal check.

5. A new fit test must be conducted any time the user changes respirator models or sizes. Also see OSHA 29CFR 1910.134.

6. See appropriate Chapter (VI, VII or VIII as appropriate) and 7000/7800/8000/9000 Instruction Manual for proper fitting instructions.

7. The test subject must be clean-shaven. Do not test a subject with a beard or other facial hair, which prevents contact between the face and the seal of the respirator.

E. CARTRIDGES

1. CHEMICAL CARTRIDGE SERVICE LIFE
Leave contaminated area, and replace cartridges, if you smell, taste, or feel any irritation, in your nose or throat. Consult your supervisor. Replace according to your changeout schedule per OSHA 1910.134, or no more than eight hours after first use, or sooner if breakthrough occurs. Dispose of all cartridges no later than thirty days after first use.


F. CHANGE OUT SCHEDULES

OSHA 1910.134 (d) requires that the employer implement a change out schedule for cartridges based on objective information or data that will ensure cartridges are changed before the end of their service life (see OSHA 1910.134 for complete text). A cartridge’s useful service life is how long it provides adequate protection from harmful chemicals in the air. The service life of a cartridge depends on many factors, including environmental conditions, breathing rate, cartridge filtering capacity and the amount of contaminants in the air.

If you know what the chemical is and how much of it you are exposed to, then you are ready to estimate how long your respirator cartridges will work and apply the safety factor.

You must use some type of objective data to develop a change out schedule. Options for determining a cartridge’s service life include:

1. Conducting experimental tests.
2. Using a mathematical model https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/respiratory/index.html

OSHA has on its website other means of calculating breakthrough times for various chemicals. You may also wish to consider use of this website in developing your change out schedules. Be advised that actual service life can vary considerably from those calculated using these methods. These methods only provide rough estimates. Some of the data you will need specific to the Moldex cartridges in order to use the models on the OSHA website are:

• #7100 has an adsorbing equivalent of 42.5 grams Organic Vapor Carbon, its height is
2.18 cm, inside diameter is 7.78 cm.

• #7600 has an adsorbing equivalent of 36.0 grams Organic Vapor Carbon, it’s height is
2.18 cm, inside diameter is 7.78 cm.

• A change out schedule worksheet is provided.

CARTRIDGE DETAILS

READ THIS WARNING

These weights were estimated by Assay Technologies using methods based on their tests. It is suggested that you use default values provided by OSHA for the other cartridge specific parameters. Lastly, in order for the OSHA models to be used you may have to provide other pertinent data on the challenge agent which may be found on the SDS or from the chemical manufacturer. These methods can be found at: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/respiratory/change_schedule.html.

They are called “Respirator Change Schedules.”Moldex suggests that you use the OSHA methods, or other means provided by OSHA. Moldex always recommends that you utilize the most conservative (shortest) breakthrough times. Moldex recommends that you use any of the methods only for the contaminants contained in the Moldex Chemical Selection Guide. For more detailed information on these methods, refer to OSHA’s website at:
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/respiratory/advisor_genius_nrdl/work_categories.html
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/respiratory/change_schedule_mathmodel.html

For more information on NIOSH multi-vapor prtrtogram, refer to website at:
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npptl/multivapor/multivapor.html

If you have any questions please feel free to call Moldex Technical Services at +1 (800) 421-0668 or +1 (310) 837-6500, ext. 512/550.

CARTRIDGE CHANGE OUT
SCHEDULE WORKSHEET
Duties / Job Classification:
Location:

CHEMICAL INFORMATION
(FROM MSDS OR MANUFACTURER)
Chemical: Exposure Limit:
Maximum Concentration:
Boiling Point:
Molecular Weight: Liquid Density:
Vapor Pressure:
Molecular Polarization: Refractive
Index:

WORKSITE CONDITIONS
Maximum Expected Temperature (ºC): Expected Relative
Humidity (%)*:
Work Rate:
Number of Shifts/Week:
Hours Cartridge Used/Shift:

DATA FOR #7100 AND #7600 CARTRIDGES
# of Cartridges: 2
#7100 Adsorbing Equivalent (grams): 42.5
#7100 & #7600 Cartridge Bed Height (cm): 2.18
#7600 Adsorbing Equivalent (grams): 36.0
#7100 & #7600 Bed Diameter (cm): 7.78

Service Life Estimate:

Basis Used:
Cartridge Change Out Schedule Every:
Hours:
After Each Shift:
Other:

This form may be used to assist you in developing a change out schedule when using #7100 or #7600 cartridges for protection against organic vapors. Be advised, this is simply a tool to help you collect some of the pertinent data in developing a change out schedule. It is your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of the schedules that you develop for each operation and work site.

*Moldex suggests that you use a range and use the lowest predicted breakthrough.

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Supplemental Hazard Warnings for Moldex Particulate Respirators

These are Warnings and Limitations that all users must be made aware of in addition to all warnings and other information on the outside of the Moldex respirator packaging or other published related information. You must read and comply with these Warnings and Limitations at all times and if your employer has determined that it is appropriate to use this respirator.

Proper use of this respirator may reduce but will not eliminate the risk of illness or death from exposure to some Chemical, Biological, Radiological, or Nuclear (CBRN) hazards. CBRN hazards include, but are not limited to, bacteria, toxins, and viruses that can cause death, serious bodily injury or disfigurement. The long-range and short-range risks of CBRN hazards and the amount and manner of exposure that may produce such risks remain to a great extent unknown. Use of this respirator must be in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Health Advisories or any other Local, State or Federal recommendations for use of respirators against specific CBRN hazards. This respirator should not be used for many CBRN hazards.

There are more efficient models of respirators with a higher level of protection available from Moldex and other manufacturers. It is up to the employer, and not Moldex, to determine if a respirator should be worn and if so, which type, size, level of protection, and model.

BACKGROUND
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a branch of the CDC and a U.S. Government agency, is responsible for testing and certifying respirators for protection against hazardous industrial contaminants. Procedures for selecting and using proper respiratory protection are regulated by various governmental agencies, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
NIOSH tests and certifies certain respirators for use against chemical warfare agents, biological warfare agents or biohazards and provides advisory information for some biohazards, but OSHA and other government agencies have not set any exposure standards for these agents or biohazards, in general.

Moldex does not make recommendations for any type of respirator to be used against CBRN hazards for workers or the general public.
You should know that there may be no obvious warnings of the presence or release of CBRN hazards.

WARNINGS FOR ALL USERS

• This respirator must only be used for substances having Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) and only where deemed appropriate by your employer.

• This respirator must be fit tested. If you cannot obtain a proper fit, do not use the respirator and do not enter the risk area.

• This respirator is not for use with beards or other facial hair that prevents direct contact between the face and sealing surface of the respirator.

• Moldex respirators, when properly fitted and used as part of a comprehensive respiratory protection program, may reduce wearer exposure to some airborne hazards, but not all.

• In the event of a sudden or unexpected CBRN hazard release, you may use this respirator for escape only if you have not been provided with a more appropriate respirator for this type of situation. Do not remove the mask from the face until you have left the contaminated area.

• Do not reuse or store for reuse or hang around neck unless your employer specifically authorizes reuse. Dispose of respirator as a hazardous waste in accordance with your employer’s directions.

• Use other personal protective equipment, as directed by your employer. Where appropriate use protective gloves when handling or removing respirator and dispose of respirator and then gloves in accordance with your employer’s directions.

• If CDC or other Local, State or Federal agency issues new or revised guidelines for respirator use against specific hazards, users must strictly comply.

WARNINGS FOR USE OF PARTICULATE RESPIRATORS AGAINST TB

OSHA and CDC have recommended the use of any of the particulate respirators approved under 42CFR84 as a means of providing help in complying with a program designed to reduce occupational exposure to tuberculosis.

The level of effectiveness of respiratory protection from tuberculosis cannot be determined with currently available data. However, proper use of appropriate Moldex respirators in conjunction with a comprehensive respiratory protection program may reduce, but will not eliminate, risk of infection.

• Be sure to read the Limitations outlined below and strictly follow all Warnings set forth under the WARNINGS FOR ALL USERS.

• When using any Moldex respirator, filter replacement and/or disposal must be handled in accordance with your Healthcare Facility’s comprehensive respiratory protection program.

• If disinfectants are used to sanitize reusable facepieces, you must consult with your Healthcare Facility and run tests to ensure the compatibility of any disinfectant with Moldex reusable facepiece materials. Use of disinfectants could impair the efficiency of the respirator and result in a loss of protection.

LIMITATIONS
• Respirators may reduce but do not eliminate wearer exposure to airborne hazards or the risk of contracting any disease or infection. Only use this respirator as part of a comprehensive respiratory protection program. You will receive no respiratory protection if this respirator is not properly fitted and worn. Additionally, potentially hazardous particles, including infectious agents, smaller than the particle sizes used in NIOSH certifications are likely to exist in certain environments. Some published data indicates that these smaller particles may not be filtered out as effectively as the particle sizes used by NIOSH [N Series Count Median Diameter (CMD) 0.075 ± .02μm Geometric
Standard Deviation 1.86 (GSD) and R & P Series CMD 0.185 ± .02μm 1.6 (GSD)] when certifying respirators. It is imperative that you determine the size and potential hazards of the particles that may be present in the environment before selecting appropriate respiratory protection, and that you refer to CDC guidelines when selecting and using any respirator, particularly in environments where smaller types of particles, such as those referenced above, may be present.

• If the respirator comes in contact with blood or fluids, including body fluids, leave contaminated area as soon as possible and discard and replace the respirator.

• Moldex respirators must not be used on children.

For further information on use of respirators contact Moldex at +1 (800) 421-0668 or +1 (310) 837-6500 ext. 512/550, your Employer, or CDC at www.cdc.gov or +1 (800) 311-3435 or +1 (404) 498-1515.

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