What disposable respirators for dealing with dead bodies?

BaldBaBoon

War Hero
Hello.

Just finally getting over a 10 month bout of crapness, that after many, many tests has been narrowed down to getting infected/invaded by BLACK MOULD.

The stuff had got into my lungs and worked its little evil plan and left me gasping for breath after the slightest exertion and generally feeling like I had flu for the past year.It was kind of worrying as the symptons were similar to getting lung cancer apparently.

Most likely cause is the dead bodies we occasionally deal with as police, especially the sloppy ones that have been there for a few months....but more likely the is the houses that we go into that contain the dead/druggie/scummers, that is riddled with black mould.

We do not get issued with respirators, So I am going to purchase a pack of disposable face masks to use in the future...what Kind of thing am I looking at? I have done research on the 3M line, But I always deem it sensible if getting an answer from someone who works in the field or has actually dealt with this kind of thing.

Thank you for your help.

Oops..best add that its to filter the virus and particulates, not the smell.
 

HE117

LE
Any of the fine dust/particulate ones will do.. the hazard is from spores rather than vapor..

... although from experience a smear of Vick under the nose takes the edge off the aroma until the olifactory nerves have time to dull down!
 
I have a half face mask with dust and added filters to it so it forms a seal around my face when I am drilling through walls. The paper disposable ones don't tend to form a seal as they are just paper masks.
 
Just dug mine out from the passenger seat, moldex 8002, has a choice of filter for you needs and also has a paper filter attachment over that for dust and other particulates.
 

Blogg

LE
Well now, since you have had exposure to Black Mould with adverse consequences and continue to do so, it becomes a gopping H&S issue which your employers ignore at their peril. Why?

Because Mold is classed as a hazardous substance under COSHH and you are exposed to it in the course of your work.

You have had exposure, developed a problem associated with it and employer is therefore obliged to undertake a risk assessment and provide you with suitable PPE.

That or await a nasty letter from a compo lawyer.

Don't take it lightly. As you have found out the hard way Black Mould is a complete bastard and a potential killer
 
Any of the fine dust/particulate ones will do.. the hazard is from spores rather than vapor..

... although from experience a smear of Vick under the nose takes the edge off the aroma until the olifactory nerves have time to dull down!
I learned that trick on my first tour, the helicopter crew passed it over to me as I was escorting an Iraqi amputee with gangrene. Looked like a right dick when I got back to my unit still with a vicks tash'
 
Just dug mine out from the passenger seat, moldex 8002, has a choice of filter for you needs and also has a paper filter attachment over that for dust and other particulates.
Reuseable masks are subject to greater HASAW scrutiny than disposables. Reuseable ones need to have a log recording their issue to each individual, with details of the type of hazards expected and the specific filters used. I would always opt for a disposable where possible.
 
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It is something I invested in myself over the throw away ones the company dishes out. The paper over the filters are throw away and just clip on to the main filter. As I have asthma after 20 years of being free of it I take no chances.
 

onefourbravo

Old-Salt
Your employer has a legal duty to provide you with
appropriate PPE. You should not have to start free lancing or buying your own. If you have become ill as a result of workplace exposure to contaminants then you need to report this as a workplace accident. (I'm guessing that you have some sort of accident/near miss reporting process.) If it's happened to you then it's potentially an occupational hazard and your employer is obliged to take all reasonable measures to negate or reduce the risk. PPE is usually the last line of defence in any risk assessment.
 
So I am going to purchase a pack of disposable face masks to use in the future...what Kind of thing am I looking at?
To defeat fungal spores you'll need a mask that will remove a high percentage of 2-3 micron particles, that would be an FFP3 standard mask (EU norm EN 149. ) they are available as disposable packs or as facemasks with replaceable filters. if you find yourself in real mingin' shitholes you can get them with integrated eye protection as well for not too much money.

As I_t_t points out if this is a regular and predictable part of your duties then the employer should be providing the relevant kit.
 
Well now, since you have had exposure to Black Mould with adverse consequences and continue to do so, it becomes a gopping H&S issue which your employers ignore at their peril. Why?

Because Mold is classed as a hazardous substance under COSHH and you are exposed to it in the course of your work.

You have had exposure, developed a problem associated with it and employer is therefore obliged to undertake a risk assessment and provide you with suitable PPE.

That or await a nasty letter from a compo lawyer.

Don't take it lightly. As you have found out the hard way Black Mould is a complete bastard and a potential killer
What he said.
 
It is something I invested in myself over the throw away ones the company dishes out. The paper over the filters are throw away and just clip on to the main filter. As I have asthma after 20 years of being free of it I take no chances.
I'm unsure as to the legal requirements for a self-provided reuseable mask, but you could theoretically be acting against HASAWA by using them. If the ones your employer provides are not up to the job, get the ppe assessment looked at again. There is a large chunk of the ppe rules that deals specifically with Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE).
 
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lecky

War Hero
As already stated, Management of health and safety at work Reg's makes it employers responsibility.
Furthermore, under the Personal Protective Equipment Reg's, PPE should not be bought by an Employee, but provided by an Employer after they consider the risks. if you get the wrong type= your fault. If they get the wrong type= compo.
They should be the one's doing the risk assessment....but PPE should only be a last resort in managing those risks, so they should look at the hierarchy of Risk control first .
If you do your own risk assessment, you are doing them a favour. Nothing in law to stop you doing one Stick that in front of your line manager. If you get chinned off and you don't get taken seriously and you are p**sed off enough, then bang in a RIDDOR report under the Dangerous Occurrence's reg's and back up by medical records. Then they'll get a visit from the HSE Executive, who will read them their fortunes if they don't get with the plan.
Second thoughts, put it through a Union rep, if you have one.
All in here if you look deep enough and open links, including templates for forms:
HSE: Information about health and safety at work
 
I'm unsure as to the legal requirements for a self-provided permanent mask, but you could theoretically be acting against HASAWA by using them. If the ones your employer provides are not up to the job, get the ppe assessment looked at again. There is a large chunk of the ppe rules that deals specifically with Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE).
Since I moved I encounter a lot less sandstone now but brickdust is still something you don't want to get in your lungs let alone drilled sandstone. I have brought it up before and they think the throw away masks with the little metal nose strip are fine, I have found that when up a ladder drilling the dust swirls around you and will get in through the gaps not sealed.
 
...a smear of Vick under the nose takes the edge off the aroma until the olifactory nerves have time to dull down!

By under you mean poking wodges of the stuff up into the sinuses in order to burn out your sense of smell and taste.
 

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