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Embracing a Culture of Safety with 3M PPE

Part of being a successful paint professional is recognizing that each jobsite — whether residential or commercial — has its own set of safety challenges. From gases and vapors to airborne particles to high-decibel tools and equipment, the use of proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is crucial.


Yet, determining the proper safety gear for your specific needs can be a challenge. Why? Well, while safety is the top priority, there are other factors — such as industry standards, comfort, durability, and personal preference — that need to be kept in mind.


3M, a leader and innovator in PPE and workplace safety, is here to help. In its commitment to innovation, comfort, and reliability, 3M provides a wide range of safety gear that works as hard as you do.


Some of 3M’s PPE offerings to consider:


Disposable Respirators

3M™ Cool Flow™ Valve Particulate Respirator 8511

3M Cool Flow Valve Particulate Respirator

Designed for professionals to help bring you protection and comfort, the 3M Cool Flow Valve Particulate Respirator 8511 is a NIOSH-approved N95. The 3M Cool Flow Exhalation Valve helps direct exhaled air downward and allows for easy breathing.  This N95 respirator features Advanced Electrostatic Media that enhances the capture of airborne particles and helps provide relief from dust and certain airborne particles often encountered on the job.


3M™ Aura™ Particulate Respirator 9205+

3M Aura Particulate Respirator 9205+

The 3M Aura Particulate Respirator 9205+ is a NIOSH-approved N95 disposable respirator featuring a lightweight, three-panel design that fits a wide range of face shapes and sizes. The embossed top panel is designed to help reduce eyewear fogging. This respirator features Advanced Electrostatic Media to help filter dust and other airborne particles while allowing for easy breathing.


Reusable Respirators

3M™ Cool Flow™ Valve Quick Latch Reusable Respirator

3M Cool Flow Quick Latch Reusable Respirator

Combining convenience, comfort, and protection, the 3M Cool Flow Valve Quick Latch Respirator is designed for professional painters. The Quick Latch system is easy to take on and off in non-contaminated areas, and there’s no need to adjust straps as you’re raising and lowering your respirator. When you’re outside the hazardous area, this respirator lets you take a quick break or have a conversation with a simple flip of the lever.


WEAR IT RIGHT                                        

Respirator fit testing is crucial in helping to choose the correct size of respirator that properly seals to the face to provide the expected level of protection. To make the process easier, 3M created the WEAR IT RIGHT app making the task of qualitative fit testing less tedious with the tap of a button.



3M SecureFit™ 400 Safety Eyewear

3M Securefit 400 Safety Eyewear

3M SecureFit™ 400 Safety Eyewear has impact resistant lenses and features a sleek profile that works well with other personal protective equipment. Some models include an anti-fog coating to help keep vision clear. Its curved temples and pressure diffusion temple technology helps to provide a secure fit and enhances comfort.


3M™ Anti-fog Eyewear with Scotchgard™ Protector

3M Anti-Fog Eyewear with Scotchguard Protector

These lightweight, impact-resistant glasses resist fogging longer than traditional anti-fog coatings, even after multiple washes.* Designed for challenging conditions, such as heat and humidity, the durable lenses help provide limited protection from light to moderate impact hazards.


*Based on 3M internal testing per EN168 test method, outperforming traditional anti-fog coatings.


Hearing Protection

3M™ Pro-Protect Electronic Hearing Protector

3M Pro-Protect Electronic Hearing Protector

Now, there’s no need to choose between staying aware of dangers on the jobsite or protecting your hearing. With the 3M™ Pro-Protect Electronic Hearing Protector, you can do both. This electronic hearing protector with active microphones helps protect you from hazardous noises and allows you to hear the sounds around you. It includes an adjustable vented headband, four-hour auto shut-off, and Bluetooth® wireless technology for calls and music. The hearing protector has a noise reduction rating of 25dB, features durable recessed microphones and soft ear cushions for comfort and is compatible with hard hats.


Learn More

From project preparation to final clean-up, 3M is here to support you and your team. Make sure you have all the information you need by taking advantage of 3M’s PPE extensive knowledgebase.


The Home Depot® Path to Pro Skills Program

Behr and 3M have collaborated to educate and train professional painters with essential painting knowledge and applications skills. This 11-part training video series includes one video (Episode 5) led by two 3M subject matter experts who discuss the importance of safety and PPE for painters. Register now to watch.

The Home Depot Path to Pro_3M Safety & PPE Course


3M How-to Videos

For valuable, professional-specific information — ranging from how to assemble and put on a respirator to tips on how to help protect your hearing, visit 3M’s Pro Contractor – YouTube channel.


3M Pro Contractor YouTube Channel


Remember, when it comes to painting, there is no substitute for proper preparation and use of PPE. Investing in the appropriate protective equipment promotes a safer and more productive painting experience.


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This article was created in partnership with 3M.

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