In order to provide wearers with flexibility and effective protection, 3M has introduced a newly shaped disposable particulate respirator. The VFlex is part of 3M’s Classic range of disposable respirators, and it is well suited for environments where respiratory protective equipment (RPE) for dusts and mists is required for short duration or light duty tasks, and also when RPE has to be replaced.

Anja Buchan, product manager for 3M Disposable and Reusable Respiratory Products, explained, “Disposable respirators have become integral to many working environments where investment in reusable respirators may not be cost effective or where employers do not want to maintain RPE. The VFlex has been launched as part of 3M’s mission to provide effective and easy to use personal protective equipment that meets the widest possible range of customer requirements.

The embossed front panel allows the respirator to hold itself away from the mouth, while the V-shaped pleats flex and expand so wearers can breathe, work and talk more easily.

The 3M VFlex Particulate Respirator is available in two sizes to accommodate a wide range of face shapes, while an adjustable nose clip and specially designed tabs help wearers to achieve a custom fit and secure seal. It provides an assigned protection factor of 10, making it appropriate for use in many environments where workers will be exposed to hazardous airborne particles.

The low profile of the respirator on the face enables a good field of vision while the flat fold design also allows for efficient storage and increased portability, making it convenient for sites where there is little dedicated storage space for PPE.