Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR)

A PAPR (or tight-fitting goggles and an N-95 respirator) should be worn for high-risk aerosol-generating procedures. These respirators also meet CDC guidelines for protection against TB exposure.

On this page:
Choosing a PAPR
What is PAPR?
Use of PAPRs
Cleaning and disinfecting

Choosing a PAPR

  • A PAPR may be selected for use if:
    • The N95 respirator choice(s) does not fit.
    • Employee has facial hair or facial deformity that would interfere with mask-to-face seal.
    • The N95 respirator choice(s) are unavailable.
    • Desired for high-risk aerosol-generating procedures.
  • PAPRs can be used by persons who are medically certified, but who cannot wear
    N95 -disposable respirators
    (e.g. persons with facial hair).

see also>> Respirator Selection: Public Health Respiratory Protection Program Template

What is a PAPR?

  • The equipment is battery operated, consists of a half or full facepiece, breathing tube, battery-operated blower, and particulate filters (HEPA only).

  • A PAPR uses a blower to pass contaminated air through a HEPA filter, which removes the contaminant and supplies purified air to a facepiece.

  • A PAPR is not a true positive-pressure device because it can be over-breathed when inhaling.

  • A face shield may also be used in conjunction with a half-mask PAPR respirator for protection against body fluids.

Use of PAPRs

Cleaning and disinfecting

  • Recommendation on cleaning and disinfection differ among manufacturers.
    • PAPRs should be cleaned according to manufacturers recommendations.
      • NIOSH recommends to clean loose-fitting PAPRS:
        • Remove the hood or helmet from the respirator and clean with a detergent solution.
        • Clean the suspension inside the head gear in a similar fashion.
        • Clean and sanitize the protective face shield.
  • Inspecting, Maintenance and Repairs: PAPR
    Portion of the Respiratory Protection Template related to inspecting, maintenance and repair of PAPRs.

see also>> Respiratory Protection Program

 

Updated Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 12:07PM