If you're working in a shop, you should have a respirator and a few dust masks sitting around. You should also know when to use them. Tested walks your through when to use which and some good practices for doing so. While this might seem pretty self explanatory, especially considering the names, a lot of people seem to mix these two up. As the name suggests, dust masks should only be used for filtering out particulates. That means when you're sanding, grinding, cutting wood or anything similar. If there's physical dust in the air, use a dust mask. Do not use a dust mask to filter out anything chemical, including spray paint. For that, use a respirator. That's it. It's simple and easy to remember, but definitely worth knowing. Check out the video above for a few more little tips, including the proper way to wear both.
Shop Tips: Respirators vs. Dust Masks [YouTube]
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