You can never expect what you don’t inspect.

Knowledge is only power when it is applied.

When you look into field operating guidelines, you are given direction to utilize the SDS for PPE selection guidance. Any further questions should be directed to your supervisor. The best technicians and field supervisors are those who know and understand their equipment. A part of that understanding is learning the limitations of his or her equipment.

While there are many different respirator and cartridge options, we are going to focus on a common misconception between a combo cartridge and a P100 (thinner) cartridge.  The P100 is an effective product for multiple functions, specifically dry powder incidents. While the combo cartridge is effective for immediately dangerous to life and health atmospheres like acid gases, Base gases, organic vapors, and other particulates that present a respiratory hazard.