Beards and respirators - Electrician Talk - Professional Electrical Contractors Forum
CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY, IT'S FREE!
Go Back   Electrician Talk - Professional Electrical Contractors Forum > Tools, Equipment & Safety > Workplace Safety


Like Tree5Likes
  • 1 Post By Navyguy
  • 4 Post By drsparky
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-06-2019, 10:25 AM   #1
Watt Pusher
 
B-Nabs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Port Coquitlam, Canada
Posts: 2,445
Rewards Points: 480
Default Beards and respirators

Hi all,

I recently interviewed for a job (and was offered employment), and the manager mentioned that part of the hiring process was respirator fit testing. I have a medium sized beard, and I'd rather not shave it off if I don't have to. Do any of you guys have beards, and have you found a respirator that will pass a fit test with a beard, that doesn't cost as much as a 60" OLED TV? Do hammer drills with built in HEPA dust extractors negate the need to wear one? Let me know what you think. The company I've worked for the last 9 years is fairly lax with this kind of stuff so I've gotten away with not having to do it up to now.

Sent from my SM-G920W8 using Tapatalk
__________________
Is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?
B-Nabs is offline   Reply With Quote
Join Contractor Talk

Join the #1 Electrician Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

ElectricianTalk.com - Are you a Professional Electrical Contractor? If so we invite you to join our community and see what it has to offer. Our site is specifically designed for you and it's the leading place for electricians to meet online. No homeowners asking DIY questions. Just fellow tradesmen who enjoy talking about their business, their trade, and anything else that comes up. No matter what your specialty is you'll find that ElectricianTalk.com is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally free!

Join ElectricianTalk.com - Click Here JOIN FOR FREE


Warning: The topics covered on this site include activities in which there exists the potential for serious injury or death. ElectricianTalk.com DOES NOT guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained on this site. Always use proper safety precaution and reference reliable outside sources before attempting any construction or remodeling task!

Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-06-2019, 10:35 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Welland, Ontario Canada
Posts: 2,682
Rewards Points: 5,558
Default

It really depends on the environment and the type of respirator you will get / need.

If it is a "re-breathing" type; the type that either takes your exhaled breath and filters it (Chemox) or if you are drawing air from outside the mask, then you need to have a seal to prevent infiltration.

If it is a "positive air flow" type; the type that comes with a tank and puts air into your breathing mask / hood, then the seal is less important.

When I was a maintenance supervisor, we had ammonia refrigeration system; all the mechanics that worked on it had to be fit tested and needed to be clean shaven for every shift. Although we had a positive air flow system for prolonged exposure, all the emergency / escape masks were the seal type.

On the Navy ship(s) everyone is clean shaven...

Cheers
John
Gnome likes this.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Navyguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2019, 10:48 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
CoolWill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: SC
Posts: 3,691
Rewards Points: 448
Default

It's fundamentally a matter of balancing the desire to stay healthy with the deaire to have the money. If shaving your beard is worth it to you, do it. But if you value your face hair, tell them to pound walnuts.
__________________
BRB. Taking Sophie to Poundtown.
CoolWill is online now   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-06-2019, 11:35 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
just the cowboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Colorado Springs Colorado
Posts: 1,906
Rewards Points: 510
Default

Depends on their rules, the guys I work with Shave for the once a year test. They have full beards all year round. They just keep the stuff to shave if needed IF they have to go into a situation that requires one.
__________________
The cost of our answers are not free, we charge you a answer back.
"DID THIS FIX IT??"
just the cowboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2019, 06:00 PM   #5
Senior Moment
 
drsparky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Presque Isle, Maine
Posts: 7,680
Rewards Points: 290
Default

I keep a beard because I am ugly and it hides some of the ugliness.
MechanicalDVR, zac, dronai and 1 others like this.
__________________
Sent by Commodore Vic 20 with 9.6K modem
drsparky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2019, 08:37 PM   #6
Watt Pusher
 
B-Nabs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Port Coquitlam, Canada
Posts: 2,445
Rewards Points: 480
Default

Well it looks like if I want to take this job I'll have to shave. Unless I want to spend a couple grand on a powered respirator. Which I don't.

Sent from my SM-G920W8 using Tapatalk
__________________
Is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?
B-Nabs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2019, 09:11 PM   #7
zac
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: CA
Posts: 3,205
Rewards Points: 826
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by B-Nabs View Post
Well it looks like if I want to take this job I'll have to shave. Unless I want to spend a couple grand on a powered respirator. Which I don't.

Sent from my SM-G920W8 using Tapatalk
Sorry B...I always thought you were a chick!

Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
zac is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2019, 09:22 PM   #8
Watt Pusher
 
B-Nabs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Port Coquitlam, Canada
Posts: 2,445
Rewards Points: 480
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by zac View Post
Sorry B...I always thought you were a chick!

Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
I mean, who says I'm not?

Sent from my SM-G920W8 using Tapatalk
__________________
Is that a real poncho or is that a Sears poncho?
B-Nabs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2019, 02:09 AM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2019
Posts: 3
Rewards Points: 6
Default

Too bad mine was not that thick but opted to shave it.
cloudy33 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2019, 02:27 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
JRaef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: SF Bay Area, California
Posts: 5,312
Rewards Points: 504
Default

I sport a beard, my wife threatens to leave me every time I have to shave it off. But occasionally I have to do refinery work in areas where I am required to carry a rescue respirator, so no beards allowed. I shave it off, do the project, then start growing it back before she finds a lawyer.
__________________
"If you don't know where you're going, then any direction will do." -- Lewis Carroll
JRaef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2019, 04:50 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: So.Cal.
Posts: 3,963
Rewards Points: 7,869
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JRaef View Post
I sport a beard, my wife threatens to leave me every time I have to shave it off. But occasionally I have to do refinery work in areas where I am required to carry a rescue respirator, so no beards allowed. I shave it off, do the project, then start growing it back before she finds a lawyer.
My ol lady is just the opposite, threatens to shave me in my sleep if I get too fuzzy. She was happy when I was doing refinery work because of the "no facial hair" policy. It was the Nomex coveralls in the summer, over the long sleeved shirt, that really sucked.
__________________
-------------------------------
~ She thinks I'm crazy, but I'm just growing old~
joebanana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2019, 07:06 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
just the cowboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Colorado Springs Colorado
Posts: 1,906
Rewards Points: 510
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by B-Nabs View Post
Well it looks like if I want to take this job I'll have to shave. Unless I want to spend a couple grand on a powered respirator. Which I don't.

Sent from my SM-G920W8 using Tapatalk
I got my MSA full face powered one on e bay for $250 new
__________________
The cost of our answers are not free, we charge you a answer back.
"DID THIS FIX IT??"
just the cowboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2019, 09:45 AM   #13
Old Grumpy Bastard
 
MechanicalDVR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: "Old Dominion"
Posts: 60,732
Rewards Points: 23,888
Default

My wife says she is used to me having a goatee but all our female friends tell me they love it...hence it stays.

If you get the mask cowboy was talking about you're good and a positive flow mask is king.
__________________
Warning:

I've been known to make snowflakes whine!
Posts may contain sarcasm and guttural humor!
MechanicalDVR is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Our Pro Sites Network
ContractorTalk.com | DrywallTalk.com | HVACSite.com | PaintTalk.com | PlumbingZone.com | RoofingTalk.com