Episode 30

Respirator 101

This episode’s theme is Respirators. Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen a lot of different messaging regarding respirators, specifically N95 respirators. And, unfortunately, not all of that information has been correct or accurate. So, Alex and I decided that one way we could help, would be to talk about respirators, what the designations and certifications actually mean, what they will protect you from, how to choose the right one, how to make sure they fit correctly, and what standards are used when certifying them.

About This Episode

In episode 30 of Gear Up with Gear Experts, Alex and John discuss respirators and what you need to know to be able to protect yourself.

We cover:

  1. The different hazards that might require respiratory protection;
  2. How to determine if you need a respirator;
  3. The different types of respirators;
  4. What the classifications like N95 and P100 actually mean;
  5. OSHA and NIOSH respirator standards; and
  6. How to properly fit test a respirator.


We’d also like to take this time to remind everyone that while this show is meant to be fun, entertaining, and informative it is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any fall protection equipment is used. And proper training should be received before operating any equipment or before climbing.

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We’d like to hear from you about why YOU climb. Email us a voice message at gearup@gearexperts.com about why you climb and what climbing means to you for a chance to be featured on the show – and win some swag of course.


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