A brief explanation of the type of respirator needed to protect against asbestos.
For your respirator, whether you need an N-, R-, or P-series filter depends on whether there are oil particles where you are working
- If there are no
oil particles in the work area, it's OK to use a filter of any series
N-, R-, or P-.
- If there may
be oil particles where you are working for instance, in lubricants,
cutting fluids, or glycerin you cannot use an N filter. Use an R- or P- filter.
- If there may be oil particles and the filter will be used for more than one work shift, use only a P- filter.
To help remember which filter to use, think of:
N for Not
resistant to oil,
R for Resistant to oil
P for oil Proof
This information is from the NIOSH website: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/respsumm.html*
The OSHA asbestos regulation is at http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=10287.
Or, contact your local OSHA office, listed at http://www.oshaslc.gov/html/oshdir.html
*Since publication, this link is no longer active on the NIOSH site. You can find related information at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/96-101/