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What is a PAPR?

A Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) is a portable battery powered respirator that is used to protect individuals from breathing in bacteria that can lead to harmful respiratory illnesses. PAPRs consist of a fan attachment that collects air contaminated with one or more toxins, actively eliminates any hazardous particles and delivers clean air to the wearer. The most common components found in a PAPR system include:

  1. Hood/helmet or facepiece
  2. Powered fan that forces incoming air through to the hood
  3. A filter that delivers clean air to the individual wearing the hood or face covering
  4. Battery or power source

Why choose a PAPR?

Powered Air Purifying Respirators consist of a few exclusive advantages that may lead you to choose one, depending on your unique situation. Benefits of a PAPR include:
  • Easier breathing
  • No fit testing required
  • Fits and protects individuals with facial hair
  • Integrated protection from the neck up

PAPRs are adaptable and can be used in multiple settings. From industrial sites, welding, painting, and smelting, to healthcare environments like dentists, surgeons, and vets. Their flexibility, protective abilities, and capability to be used without fit testing each individual makes PAPRs a popular option across multiple occupations and job sites.


Explore our powered air purifying respirators

Black Box Safety features various types of PAPRs from numerous brands such as 3M and ILC Dover available on our website. Buy today on our website, or call our sales team at (866) 217-8187.