The February issue of Consumer Reports has an article on safety
masks which neatly summarizes what types of masks to wear in various
situations. This isn’t new but is a good reminder of
what we all need to be aware of. Check it out if you can.
Otherwise, here are some of the recommendations especially important
for the jewelers among us:
Check the package of the masks you’re buying to be sure they are
approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and
Health (NIOSH) for your particular purpose.
For allergens and dust, use a disposable, NIOSH-approved N, R or
P (95-100) particulate filtering mask.
For solvents, use a NIOSH-approved half-face or full-face mask
with P100 filter and cartridge for volatile organic vapor.
For fumes from welding and soldering, use a NIOSH-approved
half-face or full-face mask with P100 filter and cartridge for dust